How do the 'No jab, no pay' law changes affect you?
SBS News - Peggy Giakoumelos - December 1, 2015

The laws withhold family payments worth up to $15,000 per year from parents who fail to have their children vaccinated. Parents who conscientiously object to vaccination for philosophical or religious reasons will not be able to collect the payments. The 'No jab, no pay' laws passed the Senate with the...

Christian Porter signals willingness to negotiate with Senate crossbench on family tax benefit changes
ABC News - Naomi Woodley - December 1, 2015

The Federal Government says it is willing to further compromise with the Senate crossbench in order to pass the remainder of its planned changes to family tax benefits. The Senate last night passed a bill to scrap Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B for couples, once their youngest child turns 13. The current...

Fair Work Commission puts childcare pay bid in limbo
The Australian - Elizabeth Colman - December 1, 2015

A bid by the childcare workers union to win pay rises of as much as 70 per cent is in limbo after a Fair Work Commission ruling raised the bar in equal pay cases. United Voice last night was pondering the industrial umpire's decision 2½ years after the union launched its landmark equal remuneration...

Authorities powerless to stop emergence of underground childcare run by anti-vaxxer collectives
The Courier Mail - Jessica Marszalek & Rose Brennan - December 1, 2015

AUTHORITIES are powerless to stop the emergence of underground childcare run by anti-vaxxer collectives. The shock revelation follows the emergence of secret social media groups that are plotting to set up black market daycare to get around new Federal laws that will block childcare...

Government relaxes family tax benefit reforms in bid to get Senate support for plan
ABC News - Jane Norman - November 30, 2015

Under the revised plan, single parents aged over 60 and grandparent carers will continue to receive Family Tax Benefit Part B until their youngest child turns 18. Single parents under 60 will receive an annual payment of $1,000 until their youngest child turns 16 and for everyone else, the payment...

No pay for no jab childcare: Morrison
NEWS.com.au - November 30, 2015

Childcare centres for non-vaccinated children are illegal and won't get any government money, Treasurer Scott Morrison warns. Anti-vaccination proponents in NSW and Queensland are reported to be seeking to set up their own childcare centres as "no jab, no pay" laws come into force in January...

Pressure on Senate to pass cuts to fund childcare changes
The Australian - Sarah Martin - November 30, 2015

A new childcare package that will means-test taxpayer rebates and give a boost to low-income earners will underpin a fresh government push to win Senate support for cuts to family tax benefits. Having announced yesterday a revamped childcare package designed to address concerns about fairness...

Rich lose most in childcare shake-up
The West Australian - Andrew Probyn - November 30, 2015

Rich families will be about $2250 a year worse off for every child they have in child care under a shake-up that increases support for families on incomes below $170,000. Under a new means-testing approach to child care to go before Parliament this week, a single subsidy will replace a complex system...

Grandparents exempt from childcare changes
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - November 30, 2015

Labor and the Greens have called on the government to release the details of its childcare package which will see a tougher means test applied to high income families receiving taxpayer assistance for the costs of childcare. The government will introduce legislation into Parliament later this week...

Anti-vaxxers offer black market babysitting
Courier Mail - Rose Brennan - November 30, 2015

ANTI-VAXXERS are going underground, setting up black market child care in a new dangerous trend that has shocked health authorities. The parents, who refuse to vaccinate their children, are skirting new state and federal laws that mean they lose childcare rebates if vaccines aren’t up to date...

Nannies trained to recognise depression
Sky News - November 29, 2015

Australian nannies are being taught how to identify parents struggling with post-natal depression. Hundreds of nannies descended on Melbourne over the weekend for Australia's first ever nanny convention. Australian Nanny Association president Annemarie Sansom said it was important that...

Childcare changes get a lukewarm response
SBS News - November 29, 2015

The Turnbull government will have a tough time getting through parliament childcare reforms it says will leave the average family $30 a week better off. Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the package to be introduced during this week's final parliamentary sitting of the year is a generous....

Grandparent carers to get access to subsidised child care under changes planned by Government
ABC News - Julie Doyle - November 29, 2015

Grandparents will have more access to government-subsidised child care while payments to high-income earners will be scaled back under a revised package to go before Federal Parliament this week.Under the new package all grandparents who are primary carers will be exempt from the child care...

Samantha Maiden: Parents who lose all childcare benefits have a right to spit dummy
The Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - November 29, 2015

IT'S a surprising statistic: One in four parents using childcare in Australia don't have a job. The biggest group - 156,000 - are stay-at-home parents. These are not single parents, but are living with partners, husbands, or indeed wives, who work. It's easy to look at those statistics and say those families...

Special childcare help for parents on irregular hours under Turnbull plan
Sydney Morning Herald - Adam Gartrell - November 28, 2015

Special arrangements will be put in place to ensure parents who work irregular hours - such as shift workers and fly-in, fly-out workers - don't miss out on the Turnbull government's new childcare subsidy. Fairfax Media understands the government is finalising work on protections to make sure that...