Sunday, 28 April 2019
BILL SHORTEN MP
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS
AND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS
MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG
AMANDA RISHWORTH MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL
MEMBER FOR KINGSTON
A Shorten Labor Government will deliver massive cost of living relief for nearly one million families struggling with the costs of child care.
From July next year, Labor will put more money back in working parents’ pockets for 887,000 Australian families – slashing up to $2,100 per child off their annual child care bill.
Every single family in Australia earning up to $174,000 will get cheaper child care with Labor.
This is a $4 billion investment in early education, in working parents and in helping families with the rising cost of living.
Labor can pay for cheaper child care for working families because unlike Scott Morrison and the Liberals, we aren’t giving bigger handouts to the top end of town.
With Labor’s plan for cheaper child care:
Families with kids under 12 are also big winners. Parents with kids attending before school, after school and holiday care will also have more of their own money back in their pockets.
Under the Liberals, the costs of child care has gone up 28 per cent, costing families using long day care $3,000 more a year.
Labor will increase the subsidy families receive, we will kick start the process to limit out-of-control child care price increases, and we will review the impact of the system on vulnerable and very low-income families.
Families on incomes above $174,000 will continue to receive the same support with Labor’s plan.
Labor’s plan for cheaper child care includes:
Families earning between $69,000 and $100,000 will receive a subsidy rate between 100 per cent and 85 per cent up to the hourly fee cap, and families earning between $100,000 and $174,000 will receive a subsidy rate between 85 per cent and 60 per cent up to the fee cap – delivering an effective increase of 10 per cent.
Families accessing approved Centre Based Child Care, Family Day Care and Outside School Hours Care, including holiday care, will all benefit from the more generous subsidy.
This is on top of Labor’s National Preschool and Kindy Program – 15 hours preschool in the two years before school. For the first time, every three-year-old in Australia will be able to access 15 hours of subsidised world class preschool, so they can get the best start to learning. Labor will also extend the current arrangement for four-year-olds accessing preschool – creating a two-year program to support the most important years of a child’s development and ensuring our kids don’t fall behind the rest of the world. For many Aussie kids this will be free, or close to free.
Under the Liberals, child care is more expensive, access has been reduced, red tape has increased and access to two days of free preschool will be cut next year.
With 90 per cent of a child’s brain development occurring before the age of five, investing in quality early education is one of the smartest investments our nation can make.
Labor is choosing cost-of-living relief and early education investment, while the Liberals choose bigger tax handouts for the top end of town – paid for by cuts to schools and hospitals.
After six years of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready to deliver a fair go for all Australians, not just the top end of town.