279,000 Australian families will lose vital support under the Turnbull Government’s changes to the child care system.
The Turnbull Government’s changes target families in the lowest income bracket, with 88,000 families earning less than $65,710 worse off under its changes. These are the families who can least afford to lose support.
In our electorate of Griffith, right here on the Southside, the government’s own figures show that 2,014 families will be worse off.
For families who only have a single income of less than $65,710, access to early education will be cut from 24 hours to only 12 hours per week.
For those families on a single income over $65,710, the guarantee of 24 hours of subsidised access is now reduced to zero.
As families started back to work and school, many were left wondering how their household would be able to afford the cost of childcare, come July 2, under the Turnbull Government’s child care package.
This new slug on families is on top of the 18 per cent growth in fees since the election of the Liberal Government – which means families are on average paying over $2,000 more a year.
I’m also very underwhelmed by the Turnbull government’s most recent commitment on universal access funding, for kindy. Last year I was highly critical of the government after they extended the funding, then due to run out at the end of last year, to instead run out at the end of this year. I argued that doesn’t do enough to give parents and services certainty.
Believe it or not, this year they have done the exact same thing. It’s another one-year extension. The only likely explanation is that the government wants to shift the funding responsibility to the states. Otherwise, they would do the right thing by parents and carers, and give a funding commitment of at least three years, so everyone can plan for the future.