2015 budget: daycare juggling act to cost stay-at-home mums
The Australian - Natasha Bita - May 12, 2015

Middle-class mothers who stay home to care for young children but send older siblings to daycare are the biggest losers in the Abbott government’s "mummy wars" welfare reform. The Parenthood lobby group blasted the decision to axe all childcare subsidies for families earning more...

Budget 2015: Childcare package headed for Senate stoush; more public service cuts on the way
ABC News - Emma Griffiths, Eliza Borrello and Melissa Clarke - May 11, 2015

The Abbott Government has begun the sales job for its centrepiece childcare initiatives ahead of tomorrow night's budget, as the battle to have it passed by the split Senate crossbench begins. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has done the rounds of morning TV programs to promote...

Stay-at-home mums out of pocket in child care assistance
Financial Review - Andrew Podger - May 11, 2015

But now the Social Services Minister, Scott Morrison, seems to want to remove any assistance for stay-at-home mothers in families with high incomes and to direct further money into child care (including nanny care) available only to working mothers and at all income levels...

Childcare changes will make availability even tougher
News.com.au - Kate Calacouras - May 11, 2015

The biggest problem with this scheme is it will force many women back to work earlier than they had planned - but there are no additional childcare places opening as part of the package. How are women supposed to return to their jobs if there is no one to care for their baby? I, like many...

Abbott's cash for households in generous budget
Sydney Morning Herald - Mark Kenny and Judith Ireland - May 11, 2015

The radical shake-up of childcare assistance is the centre-piece of a budget aimed at repairing the government's frayed relationship with middle-Australia and at refashioning financial support for young families to become a productivity enhancing tool. It will do that through a single...

Family Day Care to pay the price in new government reforms
Sunshine Coast Daily - Kathy Sundstrom - May 11, 2015

FAMILY Day Care Australia, the national peak body, has claimed since Tony Abbott came into power, more than $157 million in operation support for family day care services has been stripped. The service has also had to increase regulatory obligations under the National Quality Framework...

Child care stocks rally on govt proposal
The Australian - Michael Roddan - May 11, 2015

Investors have rushed to buy shares in early childhood education after the federal government unveiled new support measures for the sector ahead of Tuesday's federal budget. Investment dealer Canaccord Genuity said $3.5 billion in extra government funding and incentives would...

Budget 2015: Childcare overhaul risks new Senate fight
The Australian - Natasha Bita - May 11, 2015

The Coalition’s $3.5 billion childcare overhaul is at risk of being held to ransom in the Senate, as economists question the promised economic dividend of luring 240,000 parents back to work in a weak labour market. In what is shaping as a repeat of last year’s standoff over budget savings...

Childcare package neither bold or sustainable
The Conversation - Robert Breunig - May 11, 2015

Determining whether money spent on childcare is "worth it" in terms of educational outcomes and women’s equality is harder to answer. While these outcomes have value, they don’t come with a price and reasonable people can disagree about their worth. We know from overseas that...

Fear poor kids will be penalised
The Australian - Natasha Bita - May 11, 2015

Daycare operators fear some children will miss out on pre-school education despite the $3.5 billion boost to childcare subsidies in tomorrow’s budget. Stay-at-home parents earning less than $65,000 a year will have their childcare subsidies halved to cover 12 hours of care per week, unless their...

Federal budget 2015: How the Abbott government childcare changes affect you
Sydney Morning Herald – Judith Ireland – May 10, 2015

We compare the current childcare system with the proposed changes in 2017. The Abbott government has unveiled its long-promised childcare package pledging more money for many families from 2017 but stripping others of nearly all of the childcare assistance they currently...

Budget 2015: Government childcare package overlooks stay-at-home parents, Nationals say
ABC News - Louise Yaxley - May 10, 2015

The Government's childcare package has Nationals worried that families with a stay-at-home parent are being overlooked. The $3.5 billion childcare plan is aimed at leaving 1.2 million families better off. But it has a heavy emphasis on encouraging increased workforce participation and has...

Federal budget 2015: Childcare package backed by industry
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - May 10, 2015

Industry groups at both ends of the income spectrum have welcomed the government's revamped child care package, putting pressure on the Senate to pass cuts to welfare which would provide the extra $3.5 billion in funding required over the next four years. Both the Early Learning and Care...

Government predicts substantial participation boost from big child care spend
The Conversation - Michelle Grattan - 10 May 2015

The government estimates its proposed A$3.5 billion child care package will encourage more than 240,000 families to increase their involvement in paid employment, including almost 38,000 jobless families. The changes, starting in July 2017, would see working families on incomes between...

Tony Abbott confirms new childcare reforms are reliant on cuts to Family Tax Benefits
News.com.au - Lauren Wilson - May 10, 2015

PARENTS have been told they will only benefit from the Federal Government’s generous new childcare package if substantial cuts to Family Tax Benefits pass the Parliament. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Social Services Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday unveiled the Jobs for Families...