The 2015 Budget delivered a $4.4 billion package aimed at giving parents more choices in child care and opening up their opportunities to work.
Scott Buchholz, Federal Member for Wright believes families in areas such as Jimboomba and Logan Village will reap the benefits of a simplified child care system.
“I have spoken to a number of families who often voice their frustration at the cost of placing their child into childcare once they return to work. I understand this frustration and it is issue that my own wife and I had to deal with when my daughter was born”,
“This package will make childcare more affordable and more flexible for parents who return to work by delivering a new and improved Child Care Subsidy more middle income families and the Child Care Safety Net for lower income families” said Mr Buchholz.
Local families on incomes of between $65,000 and $170,000 using childcare as of 2017 will received added financial assistance to access childcare and families on incomes less than $65,000 will have more substantial assistance through the Child Care Safety Net.
Mr Buchholz was swift to mention that under this package local mums and dads will be noticeably better off with the additional support to be coupled with an expected decrease in child care fees.
“This package reforms the inflationary system in place under Labor which saw childcare fees increase by over 50% between 2007 and 2013. Fees are expected to reduce as a result our changes” said Mr Buchholz.
All child care subsidies and support will remain linked to immunisation requirements which from 1 January will be strengthened under the Government’s ‘no jab, no pay’ policy. The only exemption to this policy will be on medical grounds