Part-time working mums held back by childcare bills, despite wanting to work more
News.com.au - Lauren Wilson - April 15, 2015

THE soaring cost of childcare in Australia has become the single biggest factor in whether mums and dads working part time decide to increase their hours at work. As Social Services Minister Scott Morrison prepares to finalise the federal government’s long awaited families' package...

PM Tony Abbott calms fears of deteriorating budget
Financial Review - Jonathan Barrett & Phillip Coorey - April 14, 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will seek to calm fears of a worsening budget situation on Wednesday by promising declining deficits and to limit the size of the centrepiece childcare package until savings can be found to expand it. In a pre-budget speech to a business lunch in Sydney, Mr Abbott...

Training organisations failing security guards and childcare workers, says union
Canberra Times - Kirsten Lawson - April 14, 2015

Trainers are failing people in security and childcare, signing off on qualifications for people with inadequate skills or little chance or getting a job, the United Voice union says. The union gave evidence to an ACT Assembly inquiry into vocational education last week, where it said that...

Tony Abbott's main chance: Childcare
Daily Telegraph - David O'Byrne - April 14, 2015

Why is childcare the game changer? Because childcare matters for everyone: Children, families, women returning to the workforce and those managing businesses in a volatile economy and our society as a whole because children are our future. It matters because of the multiple benefits...

Childcare makes G8 a solid option for income investors
The Australian - Darren Katz - April 14, 2015

Childcare centre operator, G8 Education, has been a stellar performer over the past 3 years. This year, however, some of the gloss has come off the share price. But the stock price fall has pushed up the yield towards 7 per cent - a solid option now for income investors. G8 has a simple...

Abbott government vaccination plan won't work: expert
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - April 13, 2015

The Abbott government's tough new stance on immunisation will only increase vaccination rates by an "absolute maximum of one per cent", a Sydney immunisation expert says. University of Sydney associate professor Julie Leask said the federal government's move to prevent parents who don't...

Childcare spending tied to bottom-line constraints
The Australian - David Crowe - April 13, 2015

New spending on childcare will be rationed in the federal budget next month to ensure it does not weaken the bottom line as the Abbott government puts a priority on its core promise to repair the nation’s finances. In a key constraint on the new policy, cabinet ministers are insisting the...

Support for government push to withdraw welfare payments from anti vaccination parents
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - April 13, 2015

Childcare and medical organisations have welcomed the federal government's decision to strip parents who are conscientious objectors to childhood vaccination of family tax and childcare payments. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Sunday parents would no longer receive...

Day care tops $170: Private schools cost less than early childcare fees
The Daily Telegraph - Lisa Mayoh - April 12, 2015

CHILDCARE fees can now cost more than Sydney's elite private schools, with full-time working parents forking out more than $35,000 a year after government rebates to have their kids in daycare. The state's 24 Only About Children childcare centres this week informed parents of fee...

Abbott government withdraws childcare payments for anti-vaccination parents
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - April 12, 2015

Parents who are "conscientious objectors" to childhood vaccination will have their childcare and family tax payments stopped from 1 January next year as the federal government attempts to crack down on the anti-vaccination movement. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Sunday...

Families who work or study will get the budget money, says Scott Morrison
Financial Review - Fleur Anderson - April 10, 2015

The revamped childcare package at the centre of next month's budget will roll multiple taxpayer-funded payments into a single mainstream subsidy only available to parents who work, study or are looking for work. It will bypass parents' bank accounts and be paid directly to childcare centres...

In-home childcare 'should be expanded to help shift workers'
The Guardian - Shalailah Medhora - April 10, 2015

Expanding in-home childcare places now reserved for at-risk children to shift workers would increase the workforce participation rate with little cost to the government, a childcare group has said. The number of spots available for federally approved in-home childcare is capped at 5,600...

Australian Institute of Company Directors wants 30% women on boards by 2018
Financial Review - Nassim Khadem - April 10, 2015

The new target comes as business leaders urge te Abbott government to look at new policies such as tax deductible child care to encourage more women back to work, and deal with the issue of there not being a sufficient pipeline of women to head company boards and CEO roles...

Changes to family day care funding sparks concern of fee hikes
ABC News - Robert Virtue - April 9, 2015

A family day care service in the NSW Hunter region has warned that fees will rise, after failing to meet new eligibility criteria for federal government funding. For families struggling to make ends meet, unexpected costs can blow the weekly budget and cause pain at the hip pocket...

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison confirms families package will be rolled out gradually
News.com.au - April 8, 2015

PARENTS are being reassured their childcare arrangements will not be thrown into doubt on July 1, with the federal government set to take several years to fully implement its new families package. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has stressed working parents will be given "plenty of time"...