Kate is passionate about contributing to public debate on a wide range of important issues. Here are some of the issues she has touched on in the past.
- Should successful athletes have to pay back the AIS 10 Jun 2009
- Let's give youth voice now for a better future 12 Oct 2008
- Organ donation it's the greatest gift of all 21 Sep 2008
- Is safe sex message falling on deaf ears 31 Aug 2008
- Grassroots funding is key to Olympic glorys 10 Aug 2008
- Easy to overlook big issue of homelessness 20 Jul 2008
- Trailblazer Natasha leaves lasting legacy 29 Jun 2008
- Heavy hitters boost our World Cup hopes 01 Jun 2008
- Youth Forum Discussion Paper 17 May 2008
- We can't take sport for granted 11 May 2008
- Women truly can do anything be anything 20 Apr 2008
- Let the Games begin with all our athletes 30 Mar 2008
- Proud past but future a challenge for women 09 Mar 2008
- Young people will be heard at highest level 17 Feb 2008
- Our nation has changed dramatically in three weeks 16 Dec 2007
- Mobile Phone Towers 23 Sep 2007
- Bradken Foundry 01 Jul 2007
- Full Fees 03 Jun 2007
- Eating Disorders 17 Dec 2006
- Iraq 27 Jul 2006
- Electoral Laws 26 Jun 2006
- Dental 08 Jan 2006
- Make Poverty History 18 Sep 2005
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THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
Minister for Employment Participation
Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care
9 August 2012
More Australian families will be supported by In Home Care placements
The Australian Government continues its strong record delivering on its commitment to improving access to flexible child care options.
Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care Kate Ellis announced today the recipients of a 17% increase in the number of In Home Care and Occasional Care places across Australia.
Minister Ellis said the Government recognised the significant contribution made by In Home providers and remained committed to supporting the sector to deliver quality care.
"We recognise that centre based care isn't the answer for every family and from today, more Australian families who struggle to access care they need will be supported to have their child cared for in their home," Ms Ellis said.
"In October 2011, the Government announced we would fund and allocate a 17% increase in the current number of of In-Home Care places.
"These are practical measures our Government is putting in place to make access to quality child care more accessible.
"Today the recipients of those additional 790 places are announced.
One recipient of In-Home Care, shift worker Linda Kosmer said "In Home Care allows me to work rotating shirt work at Melbourne Airport.
"To know that my girls are being looked after in their own home with an educator who is accredited, highly trained and well supported is a huge relief for me."
In addition, the Government is able to announce the allocation of the first 300 Occasional Care places. Further places will be allocated in the near future."
In Home Care is a flexible form of child care where an approved carer provides care in the child's home, while Occasional Care is a centre-based form of child care.
"These new places will also mean that more Australian families will be entitled to child care fee assistance through Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate when accessing diverse types of caring arrangements.
"As well as boosting the flexible child care options available to parents these places will enable valuable study and workforce participation."
"This is great news for both families and the child care sector, with many families being able to access these new additional places almost immediately - indeed, some are available from today."
In-Home Care is part of an existing, regulated program, with minimum standards in place for carers.
A list of specific services receiving new places is available on the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website at http://www.deewr.gov.au/EarlyChildhood/Programs/ChildCareforServices/Operation/Pages/OperatingaChildCareService.aspx from today. This list will be progressively updated as the department approves more services.