Stay-at-home parents face childcare subsidy cuts



For many stay-at-home parents, childcare can provide a much-needed breather or an opportunity for their child to socialise and learn.

Thousands of Australian parents who don’t work get the childcare benefit (CCB) for up to 24 hours a week. But that may change, with the Federal Government considering cutting the CCB for non-working parents.

Federal Childcare Minister Sussan Ley tells News Corp Australia stay-at-home mums are clogging the childcare system, making it harder for working parents to find a place for their kids. “It’s a very frustrating thing when you can’t get a place and you are a working parent and others who are not already have a place,” she says.

One option being considered is to reduce the subsidies, which would force non-working parents to pay more or cut the number of days their children could go to child care. Ms Ley says there is evidence the $6.5 billion investment in early learning is not translating to more female participation in the workplace.

Ms Ley says she understands that “children with stay-at-home parents (have) a right to some childcare sessions for socialisation and early learning or to give mothers a break” but there was “a strong view priority should be given to working mothers”.

The Productivity Commission is expected to call for a simplified childcare subsidy with one payment and possibly a means-tested 50 per cent childcare rebate.

(via The Mercury)

Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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