Childcare will be free for many Australian parents to help families and a struggling sector through the COVID-19 crisis. But there is much confusion around how this new system works.
Quality preschool can deliver $2 for every $1 from government. But families are paying more for it than if they sent their child to private primary school. Some forego quality for affordability.
High income families could get up to $1,080 per year, others $618, but it could still be worthwhile.
Understanding the role of childcare in balancing work and family life.
For families, the HILDA report has little good news – childcare costs, poverty and anxiety are rising, all while women are more involved in the labour market. But there is some reason to hope.
Excluding high earning dads from paid parental leave is not the answer.
Australia is far from having an early childhood sector that delivers what children and families need. The government can look to these three areas to ensure access for all Australian children.
Paying wages directly would be an Australian first, and far from ideal.
Labor's childcare policy would do more for the economy than either side's proposed tax cuts.