Cheaper child care for families next year

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Families will have access to cheaper child care next year as the federal government officially lifts its subsidy.

But Education Minister Jason Clare said it was “just the start” of the government’s commitment to improving outcomes for Australian children.

The new child care law was passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday after the Senate accepted the amendments on Tuesday evening.

It delivers on the Labor government’s election promise to help families with the cost of living and boost productivity by making childcare more accessible.

Mr Clare said that before the grant was put in place, two surveys would look at childcare costs and accessibility across Australia.

The competition watchdog will begin its price inquiry in January while the Productivity Commission looks more broadly at a range of issues in the childcare industry.

Mr Clare said this would ensure that equality and fairness were at the heart of the childcare system.

“Just as we have universal health insurance…just as we have universal superannuation…we need a universal early education system that gives all children the early education they deserve,” he told reporters in Canberra.

“(To) ensure that all Australian children, whether black or white, get the early education they deserve.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the reforms were not about welfare, but rather helping the economy and working women in particular.

“On election night I spoke about the great mission of Labor governments (to) further widen the doors of opportunity for more Australians and that is precisely what this legislation aims to do,” he said. he declared in Parliament.

“There’s more to do, but it’s a good start…the Australian people voted for change and today they did.”

Starting July next year, families earning up to $80,000 will receive a 90% childcare subsidy, which will decrease by 1% for every $5,000 of additional income before settling. complete for those who earn $350,000.

Another subsidy will also be put in place for second children and those under five and indigenous children will receive 36 hours of subsidized care every fortnight.

Child care centers will also have more reporting requirements in an effort to reduce fraud.

Early Childhood Education Minister Anne Aly said around 1.2 million families are expected to benefit when the measure comes into force next year.

“It’s a good day for families and a good day for women and children across Australia,” she said.

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