Childcare faces pay pressure
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 25, 2013

HUNDREDS of childcare centres across Australia will be targeted in a crackdown by the Fair Work Ombudsman after scores of complaints about underpayment of workers. Ombudsman Natalie James will reveal today she will target the childcare sector in a national campaign to ensure...

Effective child care policy is not child's play
ABC News (The Drum) - Yolanda Vega - July 25, 2013

Women are one of Australia's biggest resources yet child care that is expensive and difficult to find locks many out of the workforce. Yolanda Vega says child care policy needs to change. Fast. This is one of a series of articles looking at Australia investing in its future in the lead-up to the 2013...

Maureen Reed's craft is all about care
Daily Telegraph - Lisa Power - July 25, 2013

MEET Miss Maureen, master dodge ball player, craft queen and cooking superstar - the energetic 80-year-old may also be one of the oldest childcare workers in Australia. Grief-stricken after the death of her husband of 55 years, Maureen Reed decided to pursue a new career in childcare to...

Fair Work Ombudsman cracks down on childcare centres that short-change workers
NEWS.com.au - Natasha Bita - July 24, 2013

CHILDCARE centres have been caught short-changing their workers - despite slugging parents with higher fees. The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) will reveal on Thursday that it has recouped $255,000 in back-pay for 123 childcare staff during the past year. And official data reveals...

Arena REIT's post-float buyback pays off
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - July 24, 2013

The $215 million Arena REIT, a childcare property trust, made its debut a little more than a month ago, and the $75 million in new capital has been partly used to fund a buyback. It has proven a canny move by the trust's manager, which is controlled by global giant Morgan Stanley's real...

Childcare industry facing staff shortages as Government pushes ahead with ambitious targets
ABC News - Amy Bainbridge - July 22, 2013

There are warnings the childcare industry is facing chronic staffing shortages as the Government pushes ahead with ambitious targets on training and child-to-carer ratios. By January next year, all childcare staff must have a Certificate III or Diploma, or be in the process of completing either...

Measures to improve out of school hours care
The Advertiser - Jordanna Schriever - July 22, 2013

SCHOOLS will be able to outsource after-hours care to a list of pre-approved providers, a move the State Government says will help reduce the burden on governing councils. Education and Child Development Minister Jennifer Rankine today said schools would be able to run their own...

Mother of two calls for cheaper childcare costs or more help from government
Courier Mail - Peter Hall - July 22, 2013

GOLD Coast mother of two, Lisa O'Kearney, is among those who would like to see a reduction in childcare costs, or at least some better solutions to help families. Mrs O'Kearney, 29, of Varsity Lakes, has a two-year-old daughter Ava and a son Will, 10 months. She said Ava spent two days...

G8 Education looking to raise $30m for future acquisitions
Financial Review - Jake Mitchell - July 22, 2013

Listed childcare and education centre operator G8 Education Limited is looking to raise $30 million. But despite its strong share performance – G8 listed on the ASX in December 2007, has a market capitalisation of $727 million and its shares have rallied by 63 per cent over the past year...

Rudd Government's parental pay scheme 'unfair to high-income earners'
The Australian - Natasha Bita - July 21, 2013

AUSTRALIA's best-paid women are demanding taxpayer-funded maternity leave, and tax write-offs for childcare fees. Women's professional groups have told the Federal Government its $1.4 billion parental pay scheme is unfair - because it locks out high-income earners who pay the most taxes...

Voice of Australia: How do your childcare costs add up?
NEWS.com.au - Jessica Marszalek and Jackson Gothe-Snape - July 21, 2013

AUSTRALIAN parents fork out more for childcare than families in the United Kingdom or Norway but still don't come close to paying Swiss prices. The average price for a day of long daycare (or centre based care) among providers on the Government's MyChild website is around $80, or around...

Soaring childcare costs forcing women out of work
Meet The Press - Kathryn Robinson - July 21, 2013

Many mothers across the nation are refusing to work full time of get a job at all because of the exorbitant costs of childcare. On average the national rate of child care is $80 a day, but exclusive analysis by News Corp Australia reveals many families are forced to pay much more. In some...

Affordable childcare a must, not a luxury
Daily Telegraph - Sarrah Le Marquand - July 21, 2013

DENYING women an education might sound more like a policy in keeping with the Taliban than the Australian government, but until affordable childcare becomes a reality it makes sense for universities to become male-only institutions. Why bother investing millions of dollars in some of...

Childcare costs keep NSW mums out of the workforce
Daily Telegraph - Jessica Marszalek and Jackson Gothe-Snape - July 20, 2013

MOTHERS are saying no to full-time work - and even refusing to return to the workforce at all - because of the high cost and confusion of finding childcare. The revelation from parents and industry groups comes as exclusive analysis by The Sunday Telegraph has revealed the most...

Mothers spurn return to full-time employment
Herald Sun - Jessica Marszalek and Jackson Gothe-Snape - July 20, 2013

MOTHERS are saying no to full-time work - and even refusing to return to the workforce at all - because of the high cost and confusion of finding childcare. The revelation from parents and industry groups comes as exclusive analysis by the Sunday Herald Sun has revealed the most...