Volunteer work may not qualify parents for childcare support, Senate estimates told
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - June 5, 2015

Some types of volunteer work could be ruled ineligible for parents seeking to qualify for childcare subsidies, a Senate committee has heard. Department of Social Services officials told a Senate estimates hearing on Friday that it needs to confirm exactly which forms of volunteering will be...

Coalition's childcare claims based on limited online survey, Senate hears
The Guardian - Shalailah Medhora - June 5, 2015

The federal government's much touted claim that 240,000 more families will join paid work as a result of its childcare package is based on an online survey of just 2,000 people, a Senate estimates committee has revealed. The Department of Social Services told Senate estimates...

Baby leave cuts hurt low-paid
The West Australian - Andrew Tillett - June 5, 2015

The Government announced in last month's Budget that it would tighten eligibility for taxpayer-funded paid parental leave from July next year and pump almost $1 billion of savings into child care. New parents would no longer be able to claim 18 weeks of taxpayer-funded parental...

Perth worst capital to get child care
The West Australian - Kate Emery - June 3, 2015

Perth trails the nation in child care, with the fewest places per capita of any Australian capital. It also has the equal fewest places for before and after-school care, and Perth women are less likely to have access to spouse and family support because of the State's high number of migrants...

Australian first for early childhood students
NewsMail - June 2, 2015

This is believed to be an Australian first, as the first year of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) degree has been written and developed to include all the learning elements from the Diploma qualification. The students are enrolled in the degree and at the same time are earning...

Mandatory sex abuse education across Australia is needed says Tea TGully councillor Paula Luethen-Soper
News.com.au - Elizabeth Henson - June 2, 2015

The Tea Tree Gully councillor has started an online petition, requesting the Federal Government make child care centres and primary schools deliver the program. "I want to raise awareness because I cannot accept that this many Australian children are being hurt," Ms Luethen-Soper...

Childcare operator G8 buys another eight centres
The Australian - Kylar Loussikian - June 2, 2015

Australia's largest listed childcare operator, G8 Education, has purchased another eight facilities for $12.06 million as it continues a rapid expansion. The acquisitions follow the purchase of 12 centres in February, increasing the number of childcare places by 855 to 35,125 across Australia...

Looking inside the sausage machine: the budget is still unfair
The Conversation - Peter Whiteford and Daniel Nethery - June 2, 2015

The childcare package is the centrepiece of the budget for households. It is estimated to cost A$4.4 billion over 4 years. In isolation, the package appears progressive and increases assistance more for low and middle income families than for higher income families, with the subsidy for childcare...

Tony Abbott still struggling to get Senate support for budget measures
Sydney Morning Herald - Adam Gartrell - May 31, 2015

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison wants the family tax benefits cuts proposed in last year's budget passed to pay for his new $3.5 billion childcare package. While Labor, the Greens and many crossbenchers appear to like the package itself they are steadfastly refusing to back the cuts...

Childcare industry wants Scott Morrison's subsidised nannies to be qualified
Sydney Morning Herald - Tim Barlass - May 31, 2015

Nanny training schools and agencies have warned that the qualifications bar has been set too low for nannies who will work under a new federal government scheme to provide subsidised home care from next year. The few requirements for nannies to be subsidised under the $250 million...

Abbott and Hockey at odds over Labor's economic modelling of budget impacts
The Guardian - Lenore Taylor - May 27, 2015

The social services minister, Scott Morrison, attacked the modelling for a different reason, saying Labor had selected the family examples used and pointing out that six of seven examples had not included families with preschool-age children, who would benefit most from the government's...

Comment: Short-change early childhood workers, and we short-change the future
SBS News - Sofi Grant - May 27, 2015

I would love to say that I am well paid in my job, but as anyone who works in our sector will tell you, it's not money that keeps us here - it's the children. I have learned so much and grown enormously from the many children I've educated over these years. But it would be nice...

Vaccination debate: penalising parents is not the answer
Sydney Morning Herald - Dr Cassandra Dittman - May 27, 2015

News that some parents are planning their own "vax-free" childcare centres, following the federal government's announcements of plans to restrict child care rebates to families of vaccinated children, should be a warning sign for population health policy advisers. It's just another twist...

Consumers need to see jobs budget working
9News.com.au - May 26, 2015

But reports suggest the government may be ready to compromise on a plan to slash Family Tax Benefit Part B, possibly increasing the cut-off age for children to 10 or 12 years when the benefits cease rather than six. However, a new survey has found over half of voters back the...

Labor releases full budget modelling after Question Time debate
SBS.com.au - Stephanie Anderson - May 26, 2015

Labor has caved to government pressure, releasing modelling on the Abbott Government's second budget in full. A small part of the modelling - commissioned by Labor and completed by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) - was released to media on Monday...