Working Australian mums struggle to find childcare, national survey reveals
Herald Sun - Jessica Marszalek - July 23, 2014

HALF of working women say difficulty finding childcare "always" impacts on their ability to go to work, according to a national survey. The Greens' annual childcare questionnaire this year found difficulties were on the rise, and one in five women at least "sometimes" found it a problem...

The costly day to day of daycare
Financial Review - Jennifer Hewett - July 24, 2014

Yet despite what the Productivity Commission calls the "ballooning" cost to taxpayers, out-of-pocket costs for child care are 27 per cent of the average wage and families, on average, pay 37 per cent of their child care fees. Assuming they can even find childcare. Many families rely on relatives to...

Childcare tax perks defended
Financial Review - Nassim Khadem - July 24, 2014

Companies and their advisers have urged the Abbott government to reject a Productivity Commission ­recommendation to abolish tax breaks for employer-provided childcare. Employers can access fringe benefits tax exemptions for providing staff with in-house childcare, while non-...

Parliamentary babies may be out in the cold as childcare centre set to close
Canberra Times - Primrose Riordan and Noel Towell - July 23, 2014

New paid parking laws, security restrictions, and requirements for casual places for MPs are being blamed for the potential closure of childcare services at Parliament House. Parents have met at "Aussies" cafe inside the building on Wednesday in shock after the childcare provider, Anglicare...

Top businesswomen back subsidised childcare over PPL
Financial Review - Nassim Khadem - July 23, 2014

Leading businesswomen have renewed calls for the government to consider granting tax deductions for childcare. Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley said she was open to the idea, despite a Productivity Commission report saying it would benefit rich women. The draft report, released...

Productivity Commission support for relaxed visa rules for au pairs
Financial Review - Joanna Mather - July 23, 2014

A nanny rebate and more relaxed visa conditions for live-in au pairs are among the recommendations being considered by Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley. The Productivity Commission's draft report on childcare recommends allowing families to claim subsidies for care...

Rich families 'will be slugged by proposed reforms'
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 23, 2014

BIG business and Australia's largest childcare provider are concerned that families earning more than $160,000 a year will be financially hurt by recommendations to remake the childcare system. It comes as the Abbott government defends its plan for a generous paid parental leave scheme...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott dismisses childcare funding advice
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - July 23, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed a Productivity Commission suggestion that funds be redirected away from his signature paid parental leave scheme and into childcare services, arguing the two are "very separate issues". But the minister responsible for childcare, Sussan Ley...

Paid parental leave, childcare: worth doing despite the economics
The Age - Peter Martin - July 23, 2014

Ask the minister responsible to explain Australia's present system of support for childcare and she can't. "It's impossible to explain," she told ABC radio on Tuesday. "The current payments are so complicated." Sussan Ley is not alone. Curtin University Professor Alan Duncan is an...

Parents and teachers don't notice bullied children
The Age - Miki Perkins - July 23, 2014

If the thought of your child being bullied at school breaks your heart, then consider this - you might not even notice. Analysis of a study of more than 4000 children has found parents and teachers often do not realise children are being bullied. For more than half of the children who said they...

Coalition sticks with paid parental leave plan
Financial Review - Joanna Mather - July 22, 2014

The federal government is refusing to back away from its generous paid parental leave scheme despite independent analysis that argues it won’t get more working women to have babies. Treasurer Joe Hockey defended the scheme after the Productivity Commission cast doubt on its...

Expert says 'Granny nannies' not on the cards
Sky News - July 22, 2014

Grandparents are unlikely to become qualified nannies for their grandchildren despite a proposal to pay in-home child carers, an academic says. Evidence suggests grandparents play a complimentary role to the childcare system by filling in during school drop offs and pick-ups, according to...

Grannies as nannies unlikely if they have to go back to TAFE
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - July 22, 2014

Grannies are unlikely to become nannies any time soon, according to seniors advocates who predict a proposal to offer government subsidies for qualified grandparent carers will have a low take up. The Productivity Commission’s draft report into childcare has opened the door for tax...

Childcare plans fair and workable
Sydney Morning Herald - July 22, 2014

Taxpayer-subsidised childcare will be cheaper, easier to find and more flexible for those who need it most if proposals from the Productivity Commission are implemented. The 40-odd recommendations in the commission's draft report should encourage more women into the...

Labor leaves door open to means testing for childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 22, 2014

LABOR has left the door open for the first time to support means testing of the childcare system after running a strong campaign against it in the past, while the Abbott government defends its plan for a generous paid parental leave scheme despite the policy was criticised by the Productivity...