Abbott plans $18m childcare advertising campaign despite Senate roadblock
The Age - Adam Gartrell - June 14, 2015

The Abbott government plans to spend the equivalent of $22,000 a day to advertise its new childcare assistance package between now and its 2017 launch. While the government is yet to secure enough Senate support to pass its $3.5 billion "Jobs for Families" package, it has put aside...

Kids' culture clubs: Childcare focus on personal development
Daily Telegraph - Claire Bickers - June 14, 2015

Experts have noted big childcare changes in the past five years, following the introduction of national regulations, the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standards. Dawson Ruhl, chief executive of early childhood education support agency Child Australia, said...

Wealthy families ditch the nanny for the governess
Sydney Morning Herald - Eryk Bagshaw - June 13, 2015

"We have a lot of high-profile clients in Australia who still prefer nannies," she said. That preference is likely to be exacerbated when the full impact of the Abbott government's nanny bonus comes in 2016. The $246 million program is expected to pay for 4000 nannies to look after 10,000 children...

The tyranny of the white picket fence: Abbott government can't be serious about encouraging women in the workforce
Sydney Morning Herald - Anne Summers - June 12, 2015

The government seemed to be on track to deliver the kind of sound policy that women had been yearning for: policy that would enable them to have kids, spend some time bonding with their babies after birth while retaining that vital attachment to the workforce and then having childcare...

Hey Mr Treasurer, what constitutes a good job?
Sydney Morning Herald - Luke Hilakari - June 12, 2015

This week, teachers, nurses, childcare workers and others stepped forward in defence of their professions to criticise Hockey's comments. Many pointed out that their work - though not high-paying - is necessary and valuable. They noted that they cannot simply abandon their careers...

Why women really work
News.com.au - Jacinta Tynan - June 11, 2015

That is why childcare rebates and (and childcare places) are so essential. It's not only about assisting parents to put food on tables (as vital as that is) but about retaining skilful women in the workforce who might otherwise see no option but to bail. The last budget sent working mothers...

Workers underpaid by $360,000: Sydney childcare staff could not pay rent
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - June 11, 2015

A western Sydney childcare operator has been fined for underpaying his staff more than $360,000 which left some of them struggling to pay their rent and utility bills. The Fair Work Ombudsman has released details of Sydney businessman Mark Edward Myles who was fined $28,900 in the...

Govt committed to family tax benefit cut
News.com.au - June 10, 2015

THE federal government will keep an unpopular plan to cut family payments to fund childcare measures, but is open to possible changes. More than half a million households stand to lose the Family Tax Benefit Part B when their youngest child turns six under plans stalled in parliament...

Joe Hockey 'out of touch' with most Australians, say workers
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - June 10, 2015

Joe Hockey's​ challenge to house-hunters to find higher paying jobs has insulted nurses, teacher and childcare workers who say he is "out of touch" with hard-working Australians. Amy Bell, who works as an early childhood educator in Randwick, said Mr Hockey was "out of touch" with most...

Blow to Abbott's paid parental leave cuts, as PUP senator calls changes 'not acceptable'
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - June 8, 2015

The Abbott government's plan to change parental leave entitlements to about 80,000 new mothers faces a rocky ride through the Parliament. With Labor and the Greens strongly opposed to the $1 billion paid parental leave cut, the government needs six of the eight Senate crossbenchers to...

International experts criticise Australian childcare plan
The Age - Judith Ireland - June 8, 2015

International childcare experts have criticised the Coalition's move to make parents work to get childcare funding, describing it as a "retrograde step" that will hurt vulnerable families who are most in need of early learning and care. They have also questioned the government's focus on...

WorkReady training reforms could push up childcare fees
The Advertiser - Tim Williams - June 8, 2015

THE State Government's training shake-up could lead to higher childcare fees and put centres at risk of not complying with tougher staffing rules, industry leaders say. The new WorkReady policy, which takes effect on July 1, allocates all 750 subsidised places for childcare diplomas to TAFE...

Samantha Maiden: Single-income and sole-parent families hardest hit by family tax cuts
Daily Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - June 7, 2015

For starters, there's last year's decision to strip single-income families entirely of Family Tax Benefit B when their youngest child turns six. According to evidence to Senate estimates last week, the FTB cuts will hit half a million families, helping to strip $8.5 billion in payments that they might...

Trade union deals quite often don't pay off for workers
The Australian - June 6, 2015 - Judith Sloan

In terms of the childcare fund, it was a case of first in, first served. Those in the know (the preferred childcare providers and the union) were able to manipulate the system to secure funding that would cover only about 30 per cent of childcare workers. The fund was fully subscribed in 13...

Eddy Groves 'hasn't seen' scathing ABC Learning judgment
The Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - June 5, 2015

Mr Groves, 48, was back in Australia this week but the former ABC chief executive says he has not even seen the damning Queensland District Court judgment. Nor did he want to speak about how his subordinate, ABC's former chief financial officer James Black, had pleaded guilty to providing...