Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority data show half of SA's childcare centres failing to meet quality standards
The Advertiser - Matt Smith - February 4, 2017

MORE than half of South Australia's childcare providers are yet to be assessed or are failing to meet national quality standards, new education data reveals. Analysis of the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority national registers by the Sunday Mail shows 607 of the state's...

ACT childcare workers still least qualified in Australia: Productivity Commission
The Canberra Times - Katie Burgess - February 4, 2017

Canberra families still aren't getting bang for their buck on childcare, with spiralling out-of-pocket fees and the sector struggling to retain qualified staff. While more ACT childcare workers have formal accreditation, the sector still has the lowest level of qualified staff in the country, new figures from the...

Childcare fees continue to bite families
SBS News - February 3, 2017

The Turnbull government is renewing its plans to overhaul childcare subsidies as new data shows parents are paying about $1 from every $13 of their disposable income on fees. The coalition wants to roll the existing complex system of childcare payments into a single subsidy but it can't...

Dwindling VET funding reflected in results: PC report
The Australian - John Ross - February 3, 2017

The figures are contained in the latest Report on Government Services, a massive analysis of the performance of government services in Australia. The chapter on child care, education and training was released this morning. Government spending on VET fell to $5.15 billion in 2015, the...

500 Queensland childcare services operating in breach of law or regulations in 2016
Courier Mail - Lauren Martyn-Jones - February 3, 2017

ALMOST 500 Queensland childcare services were found to have been operating in breach of the law or relevant regulations last year. A Productivity Commission report, to be released on Friday, reveals 472 Queensland childcare services, mostly long-daycare centres, were...

Childcare shock as new data reveals children sent to hospital with injuries
Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - February 2, 2017

MORE than a thousand Australian babies and toddlers are sent to hospital each year with injuries sustained in daycare, shocking new data shows. Confidential hospital statistics reveal 305 NSW children were among the 1076 under-5s hospitalised with injuries from accidents or deliberate harm...

WA Election 2017: Kindergarten for all WA four-year-olds under Liberals
Perth Now - February 2, 2017

ALL four-year-old children in Western Australia will have a guaranteed place at their local public kindergarten from 2018 if the Liberal party is re-elected at the March state election. The commitments also include before and after school care facilities at all public primary schools, and five additional child...

Turnbull steps up childcare, tax cut push
SBS News - February 2, 2017

Mr Turnbull says the childcare package will deliver the highest rate of subsidy to those who most need it, with a family on $60,000 a year paying about $15 a day per child for care. However, Labor remains opposed to the company tax cut and says the childcare plan should not be funded by cuts to family tax benefits for about one million Australians. Government...

Childcare rebate: Government accused of 'holding Senate to ransom' to fund bill
ABC News - Julie Doyle - February 1, 2017

The Greens and Labor have condemned the Federal Government's decision to introduce a new bill combining its childcare changes with cuts to other family payments. The Government wants to boost childcare payments to most families but has consistently argued the extra funding must be paid...

Nick Xenophon 'more cautious than the PM' about childcare package
The Guardian - Gareth Hutchens - February 1, 2017

Nick Xenophon says negotiations over the Turnbull government's childcare package are going more slowly than the prime minister has suggested. The Independent senator said the Coalition's controversial $48bn company tax cut plan would also need to be split in two when introduced to the Senate...

No guarantee troubled Tasmanian child care system changes will get current budget funding
ABC News - Richard Baines - February 1, 2017

Tasmania's Premier is giving no guarantees that a suite of recommendations from the state's children's commissioner will be funded in this year's state budget. Commissioner Mark Morrissey yesterday released his report into Tasmania's troubled Out of Home Care (OOHC) system...

It's 2017. Why is the cost of childcare still a joke?
Daily Telegraph - Lanai Scarr - February 1, 2017

$89,600. Soak that figure up. That's how much my husband and I would have to pay a year if we wanted to send our four children to childcare full time. $89,600. That's $9833 more than the national average salary of $79,767. It's $54,619 more than the minimum annual salary of $34,980.40...

Childcare rebate: Malcolm Turnbull to announce unified bill in attempt to pass long-delayed reform
ABC News - Julie Doyle - February 1, 2017

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will use an address at the National Press Club today to unveil a new strategy to get his Government's childcare changes through Parliament. The Government wants to streamline multiple childcare subsidies into one means-tested payment, with the highest amount going to...

Another Go At Childcare Reforms As The PM Reaches Out To The Disenchanted
Huffington Post - Karen Barlow - January 31, 2017

The Turnbull Government regards the current system as "broken" and in need of a "complete overhaul", but it has been unable to pass a $3 billion package that includes the removal of a $7500 payment cap for families earning less than $185,710. "When Parliament resumes, we will introduce a...

Jess McGurk drives 200km to drop her two-year-old son at childcare
The Australian - Tessa Akerman - January 30, 2017

Charlton falls under the Bulok­e Shire Council. Mayor David Pollard said childcare was a big issue in any small, rural Victorian shire. He said while there was some subsidised childcare in areas, childcare was expensive for many low-earning residents. "It's very difficult to afford for the bulk of our...