Australian families paying more than ever for child care

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Another day, another dataset confirming Australian families are paying more and more for child care under the Morrison-Joyce Government.

Today’s ABS data confirms families on average are paying more than they ever have out of pocket for child care.

In a single quarter, out of pocket costs have gone up 2.1 per cent nationwide – more than double CPI.

The situation is worse when you look across the country – particularly in Perth and Canberra, where out of pocket costs rose 4 per cent and 3.1 per cent respectively in the quarter.

Nationally, the out of pocket cost of child care is now higher than it’s ever been.

Yet, there is nothing in Scott Morrison’s child care plan to fix his mess and finally keep a lid on soaring out of pocket costs.

Scott Morrison’s plan, which will only provide relief to a minority of families for a short period of time, includes nothing to put an end to skyrocketing fees.

By contrast, an Albanese Labor Government will make child care cheaper for 97 per cent of families in the system, regardless of how many children a family has in care.

Importantly, Labor will task the ACCC with designing a price regulation mechanism to shed light on costs and fees and drive them down for good.

Only Labor has a plan to bring down the cost of child care and keep it down.

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