Reforms crippling childcare
The Examiner - Jodie Stephens - December 2, 2012

THE childcare sector is "in crisis" with parents facing rising fees and workers fleeing the sector, according to childcare advocates. The United Voice childcare union and the Australian Childcare Alliance are concerned that national reforms introduced in January are putting more pressure on...

Families owe $1b to Centrelink
The Sunday Telegraph - Natasha Bita - December 02, 2012

HALF a million families have fallen into welfare debt after Centrelink overpaid them a whopping $1.7 billion last year. The government has used private debt collectors to recover $1.1 billion in Centrelink overpayments during 2011-12, new figures reveal. Families, pensioners, students and...

Childcare costs are the real issue, writes Samantha Maiden
Sunday Mail (SA) - Samantha Maiden - December 01, 2012

Childcare costs for families with younger children is looming as a major battleground. Tony Abbott's big pitch in the marketplace remains his paid parental leave scheme that offers far more generous cash grants to working mothers than Labor. Despite Coalition disquiet over the generosity of...

Website to rank daycare centres
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - December 01, 2012

STATES will be asked to sign up to bold new measures requiring them to publish childcare centre quality ratings on the internet to help parents choose. Childcare Minister Kate Ellis will convene a meeting next Friday with her state and territory counterparts at which she will push for a...

Business hindered by childcare red tape
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - November 30, 2012

TONY Abbott's Coalition is concerned there are too many barriers for employers to establish childcare centres and will ask the Productivity Commission to specifically look at what is stopping the establishment of more onsite centres. It comes after The Australian asked the government to...

Childcare sector defies teacher rule
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - November 29, 2012

THE childcare sector is gearing up for a fight with the federal government over its edict that each centre have at least one university-qualified teacher by 2014. The industry is seeking a delay to the regulation and believes a waiver system that allows centres to seek exemptions will send a...

Childcare vital to keep women in workforce
Financial Review - Louise McBride - November 28, 2012

As long as school hours aren’t the same as office hours, childcare for working women with children is a necessity. If affordable flexible childcare isn’t available, one family member, usually the woman, drops out of the workforce to care for the children. The women who exit the work...

Super schools Roma Mitchell College and Mark Oliphant College fail on childcare centres
AdelaideNow - Sheradyn Holderhead - November 25, 2012

A CHILDCARE centre at a new super school has been mothballed and is instead being used for storage. A 30-place childcare centre that was supposed to open last year at Roma Mitchell College, at Gepps Cross, has never opened its doors. Another childcare centre, at Mark Oliphant College...

Second incomes not a good earner
Sun-Herald - Stephanie Peatling - November 25, 2012

WOMEN are being discouraged from returning to work after having children because tax, childcare costs and lost government benefits leave some clearing as little as 20¢ from every dollar they earn. Modelling for the Grattan Institute shows the second earner in a family - generally the woman...

Why NSW is facing a crisis in childcare
The Daily Telegraph - Carleen Frost - November 24, 2012

THE federal government has slammed NSW as the "most proscriptive" state in the country for the construction of new childcare centres, as desperate parents linger on waiting lists for up to three years. Early Childhood Minister Kate Ellis said state and local governments were making it...

Child care is a priority issue
The Australian - November 23, 2012

THE pursuit of high-quality childcare at a reasonable price is one of the most pressing issues confronting families with children and the wider economy. Families need to decide for themselves, according to their circumstances, if one or both parents will work in paid employment or...

Childhood Minister Kate Ellis concerned over growing childcare waiting lists
The Advertiser - Sheradyn Holderhead - November 22, 2012

THE struggle for parents to find suitable childcare is growing with new figures showing record demand for places. Early Childhood Minister Kate Ellis said there was 3210 more children in long day care over the last year, up to a new high of 38,600 - a 9.1 per cent increase. In the...

Childcare pay row tests the care factor
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - November 22, 2012

LITTLE Isabel Rutter and her brother, Kaelin, know 12 good reasons why childcare workers need a raise. That''s the number of carers to pass through their childcare centre's doors in the past year...

Childcare costs a taxing issue
Financial Review - Robert Jeremenko - November 22, 2012

Australians are increasingly balancing work and family responsibilities and there is a direct relationship between the price of child care and whether women return to the workforce. This is why Australia, along with many other countries, subsidises child care to encourage female...

Paramor eyes expansion into retirement space
The Australian - Bridget Carter - November 22, 2012

Mr Paramor, who became the managing director of the small listed property group Folkestone after departing Mirvac Group as managing director amid the global financial crisis in 2008, said Folkestone was interested in property associated with childcare, healthcare and aged care...