Childcare is not a "women's issue"
The Age - Amanda Dunn - February 7, 2015

Childcare is not a "women's issue", it is everyone's issue. It needs to include people beyond those directly affected by it and, to do that, the broader benefits of the option of quality childcare need to be stressed: it's better for our economy, better for families, better for society. To really reform...

Morgan Stanley property unit buys Australian Childcare Projects
The Australian - Maggie Lu YueYang - February 6, 2015

MORGAN Stanley’s real estate arm has bought Brisbane-based developer and operator Australian Childcare Projects Ltd (ACP), tapping into the sector through an early-stage investment. ACP, newly incorporated in 2013, describes itself as a "leading incubator" of childcare development...

Peak childhood body calls for childcare levy to fund reform
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - February 6, 2015

The nation's peak childhood body is calling on the Abbott government and big business to back a levy on the nation's top companies to fund childcare reform, arguing it will boost GDP by billions of dollars. With concerns in the childcare sector that without a levy, the government's new childcare plan...

Refund rip-offs in childcare centres: Parents slugged just to reserve spots
Daily Telegraph - Alicia Wood - February 6, 2015

PARENTS are being slugged up to $1500 to reserve preschool and childcare spots, and not getting refunds if their child misses out on a place. Frustrated parents have complained to the Department of Fair Trading about childcare centres that did not refund a $400 reservation fee when the centre...

The childcare dilemma for working parents
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 6, 2015

Taxpayers are funding two-thirds of the cost of childcare through a convoluted system of subsidies that increase automatically every time childcare centres raise their fees. This financial year they will spend $7 billion on subsidising childcare fees - 36 per cent more than the $5.2bn spent in...

ACT childcare costs remain highest in country, workforce qualifications low, figures show
ABC News - February 6, 2015

Canberra families continue to shoulder the most expensive child care in the country, according to new figures. The Productivity Commission's latest Report on Government Services (ROGS) showed the average cost of long daycare in the ACT was $463 per week. That is $78 more than the national...

Companies facing two tax rates
The Australian - David Uren - February 6, 2015

THE Coalition is moving towards the introduction of a two-tiered corporate tax system for the first time in 40 years after Social Services Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the levy designed to fund the now-abandoned paid parental leave scheme would not be ­redirected to childcare. The Australian...

Big business must pay the baby tax, say daycare centres
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 5, 2015

DAYCARE centres are demanding that big business bankroll the Abbott government's childcare reforms, by paying a 1.5 per cent levy. Community Child Care Co-operative chief executive Leanne Gibbs said large companies should continue to pay the 1.5 per cent "baby tax", which was to...

Throwing the PPL baby out with the bathwater
Business Spectator - Victoria Thieberger - February 5, 2015

Parental leave, childcare, changing workplace culture to accept greater flexibility in working hours for both mothers and fathers: these should all form part of one continuous debate about enabling women who want to return to paid work to do so. Never mind some harebrained scheme to...

Au pairs could be the solution to childcare problems in Australia
NEWS.com.au - February 5, 2015

Parents across Australia are facing this dilemma, and since successive governments have failed to address the undersupply and ever-spiralling cost of child care, it has become one of today's hottest political issues. Even now that Tony Abbott has abandoned his paid parental leave scheme...

Controversial MP Fred Nile apologises after comparing childcare centres to 'day orphanages'
Daily Telegraph - Miles Godfrey - February 4, 2015

CONTROVERSIAL upper house MP Fred Nile has apologised after likening childcare centres to "day orphanages" - a comment that sparked outrage across the country. Rev Nile, the leader of the Christian Democrat Party, tweeted the comment in late January, saying: "Stay-at-home...

Pressure for Tony Abbott as families face $60 a day childcare hike
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 4, 2015

FAMILIES will pay up to $60 a day more for childcare when new staffing rules take force next year, undermining Tony Abbott’s pledge to make daycare cheaper. Centres in NSW, South Australia and Victoria must hire extra staff in 2016 - fuelling fees that have already soared 8 per cent in...

What is really wrong with our childcare system?
NEWS.com.au - February 3, 2015

DIRE problems with the accessibility and affordability of childcare can only be fixed by a significant overhaul of the system. Cash-strapped working parents, childcare experts, economists and business groups all agree that out-of-pocket childcare costs are too steep, and the $7 billion...

Tony Abbott hints 1.5% levy on big business could go to childcare scheme
The Guardian - Shalailah Medhora - February 3, 2015

The prime minister, Tony Abbott, has given his strongest indication yet that the 1.5% levy imposed on big business to pay for the paid parental leave (PPL) scheme will stay, despite the scheme being ditched. The PPL policy was abandoned on Monday, after being roundly criticised for being...

Tony Abbott rejects Julie Bishop speculation, promises affordable childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - February3, 2015

Mr Abbott promised parents his new policy would provide affordable and accessible childcare, although he offered scant detail on the new system. Speaking at a childcare centre in the Sydney suburb of Russell Lea, he said he would work closely with the early childhood and education...