Today the Government has acknowledged it has dropped the ball on preventing fraud in Family Day Care, announcing changes to deal with problems that emerged in 2015.
Ministers have previously claimed they were cleaning up Family Day Care– but today’s admission shows that was clearly not the case.
These latest changes are set to save $250 million. This comes on top of almost a billion in other savings as part of earlier Family Day Care compliance changes.
But the Government is still insisting on linking their child care changes to the shopping list of cuts contained in the Omnibus Bill.
“Malcolm Turnbull has run out of excuses for holding families to ransom,” Shadow Minister for Early Education and Development Kate Ellis said.
“The Government’s combined Family Day Care savings alone are almost enough to pay for the child care changes. It’s time Malcolm Turnbull abandoned his unfair cuts to pensioners, new mothers, families and jobseekers.
“The Minister has today admitted that problems with Family Day Care compliance have spiralled out of control under this Government’s watch. The Government must make sure every dollar of child care support benefits the families and children it is intended for.
“It’s time Malcolm Turnbull stopped holding families to ransom and delivered the increase in child care affordability the Liberals have now promised at two elections.”