THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
ACTING LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
ACTING MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
FAMILIES KEEP PAYING MORE FOR CHILD CARE
New figures released by the Liberals once again show Malcolm Turnbull is more focused on his own survival than on making the child care system work for families.
Only the out of touch Liberals would think a 4 per cent annual increase in the cost of long day care is something to celebrate.
Since the election of the Liberals, total child care fees have grown 18 per cent in four years (to March 2017).
The cost of long day care, the type of child care most people use, has shot up 19.6 per cent - which is average growth of 5 per cent.
Let’s put that in dollar terms -
When the Liberals were elected in September 2013, families paid on average $11,700 for a year of care (30 hours a week, and before government subsidies are applied).
In March 2017, they paid $13,806.
That’s a difference of $2,106 in four years.
The Liberals think this is great news. Are they kidding?
Not only are families paying more for child care than ever before, from 2 July, 279,000 families will be worse off under the Malcolm Turnbull’s new childcare policy.
Under the new policy, fees are projected to keep going up 6 per cent a year – the Government’s own figures confirm this.
For families who are struggling with flat wages growth and big increases in their electricity and health bills, it’s another blow.
Labor has a proud history in early education and child care reform.
In Government, Labor took action to reduce the financial burden of child care on families. We increased the child care rebate from 30 to 50 per cent of out of pocket costs, and increased the cap to $7,500. We invested $970 million to create universal access to preschool for four year olds in partnership with the States and Territories.
The funding agreement for universal access to preschool for four year olds will expire this June. Sadly, Mr Turnbull has yet to confirm a new agreement for this reform in 2018.
TUESDAY, 9 JANUARY 2018