Coalition can't throw out the baby with the bath water again on family policies
Sunday Herald Sun - Samantha Maiden - May 8, 2016

But the Coalition's record on policies for families is no laughing matter. After going to the last election promising a Rolls Royce paid parental leave scheme, Tony Abbott failed to deliver mums a Suzuki Alto. Which, coincidentally is worth $11,000, the same amount that some mums will lose...

Calls for increased participation of three-year-olds in early learning
ABC Radio - Cathy Van Extel - May 6, 2016

With Australia lagging Western nations in early childhood education, a new national campaign is calling for higher rates of participation of three-year-olds in pre-school.Australia currently falls in the bottom third of countries ranked by the OECD for pre-school attendance of three-year-olds...

One in five Australian kids disadvantaged when start school, report finds
Brisbane Times - Amy Mitchell-Whittington - May 6, 2016

Australia is lagging behind the rest of the world when it comes to participation in early-learning programs for children, disadvantaging kids before they start school, a report has found. The State of Early Learning in Australia Report 2016, launched by former Governor-General Dame...

Lack of early learning putting children at a disadvantage when starting school, report finds
The Courier Mail - Rhian Deutrom - May 6, 2016

AUSTRALIA is among the world's worst for enrolment levels of children younger than three in early-learning programs, affecting their success when they start school. The State of Early Learning in Australia Report 2016 will be launched in Brisbane today by Dame Quentin Bryce. It shows 20 per cent...

Paid parental leave: We all win when families work
The Age - Guyonne Kalb - May 5, 2016

One year after birth, 73 per cent of women with PPL have returned to work versus 69 per cent of women without PPL. We also found that women with paid leave have a stronger attachment to their job (and employer). In Norway and other Scandinavian countries, mothers' labour force...

Adelaide City Councillor Anne Moran's plan to get mums back working in the city quicker
Adelaide Now - Sam Kelton - May 5, 2016

BUILDINGS in the city should be retrofitted with childcare facilities to enable mothers to return to work quicker and legislative changes must be sought to facilitate this, one councillor says. Councillor Anne Moran will move that the Adelaide City Council seek to approach the Government, via the Capital...

Budget will 'push up childcare costs, stop women working'
The West Australian - Phoebe Wearne and Shannon Hampton - May 5, 2016

Perth workplace diversity specialist Conrad Liveris claims the Budget could result in a 5 per cent fall in the women's workforce participation rate and push up childcare waiting lists and prices. He said women had limited incentive to return to work because of the barriers they faced after...

Being a 'mumpreneur' is an option of last resort for most mums
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - May 5, 2016

And despite some high-profile success stories, many suffer significant social and financial disadvantage. Dr Foley said many mothers are pushed into self-employment by the "high cost and poor availability of child care and employers who are not prepared to recognise the contribution that part...

Canberra childcare worker fined $400 for smacking children in her care
ABC News - Elizabeth Byrne - May 5, 2016

A 61-year-old former Canberra childcare worker who smacked two children in her care has been convicted and fined $400. Una Masters is one of four people charged after an audit at the Civic Early Childcare Centre in February last year. She plead guilty to four unreasonable discipline charges from...

Federal Budget 2016: Scott Morrison's 'budget for blokes' leaves women without tax cuts
Herald Sun - Sue Dunlevy - May 4, 2016

The Productivity Commission's childcare report shows that many women lose 100 per cent of their income in childcare fees, lost family tax benefits and income tax when they increase their work hours from two to three days and from four to five days, she said. Professor Baird says she was struck...

Budget 2016: Child care groups 'extremely disappointed' by subsidies delay
ABC News - Julie Doyle - May 4, 2016

John Cherry from the country's largest child care provider, Goodstart Early Learning, said the decision would hurt families. "We're extremely disappointed that our families will need to wait another year for the Government to deliver on its promise to make child care more affordable,"...

Scott Morrison's budget fails to deliver on working mothers
Women's Agenda - Angela Priestley - May 4, 2016

The "economic plan" it pitched last night failed to address one of the key inhibitors keeping women out of the workforce - expensive, inflexible and unobtainable childcare. Worse, the $3.2 billion reform package that was supposed to make childcare more affordable for up to one million families...

Budget 2016: Working parents lose out as subsidy put on ice
The Courier Mail - Renee Viellaris - May 3, 2016

WORKING parents face paying more out-of-pocket child care fees after the Turnbull Government put its much-spruiked "fairer" subsidy on ice for a year. Blaming an obstructionist Senate, the Government's Budget revealed its $3.2 billion reforms aimed at making childcare more affordable for one...

Aussie breeders left out in the cold
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - May 3, 2016

The Government says it is still committed to the Jobs for Families Package unveiled in last year's budget, but there's no detail on how it plans to get this through the Senate. This effectively leaves parents in limbo: unable to plan for the future, and without any clear idea about what family payment...

Budget Delay for Families Package is Chance to Get It Right
Probono Australia - May 3, 2016

Peak body Early Childhood Australia (ECA) has said the deferral of the Jobs for Families Package in the budget provides an opportunity to "get the package right". The package has been delayed by a year until 1 July 2018 after family tax benefit reforms, required to fund the child care package...