CHILD CARE INQUIRY A CHANCE FOR ANSWERS

Labor is encouraging stakeholders to get involved in the Senate Inquiry into the Government's proposed child care changes.

Labor is encouraging stakeholders to get involved in the Senate Inquiry into the Government's proposed child care changes.

Despite two years and three ministers, fundamental questions remain about the impact of the changes. These include:

  • How many families will be worse off?
  • How many children will be pushed out of early education - or have their access cut?
  • How many parents will be discouraged from working because the complex and harsh activity test?
  • Will Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services be able to keep their doors open?
  • How many vulnerable and disadvantaged children will have their support cut?
  • How many families in high cost areas will face bigger bills because of new limits on assistance?
  • What damage will hourly billing do to availability and viability - as well as to educators' pay and conditions?
  • How much more will parents pay because of the Government's $2.3 billion child care cuts?

"The Government either doesn't know what the impact of these changes will be, or they are refusing to say. Either way it is unacceptable," Shadow Early Education Minister, Kate Ellis, said.

"The process for developing this policy has so far been a shambles - with stakeholders forced to sign confidentiality agreements and important information kept secret.

"This Inquiry is a chance for the sector and experts to outline the impacts and finally get some answers."

The closing date for submissions is 29 January 2016, with a report due by 17 March.

To get involved in the Senate Enquiry you can contact the Secretariat on 02 6277 3521.

 

THURSDAY, 17 DECEMBER 2015