Childcare

April 2017

Legislating as the curtains come down – not pretty but important – April 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Politics, Australian Politics, Budget,

The final sitting weeks of parliamentary sessions are usually frantic and febrile – never more so than when, as now, the Government lacks a majority in the Senate and needs to force or negotiate its legislation through before a deadline.

Childcare package passes after some welfare cuts dropped – April 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Childcare,

The federal Government’s early childhood education and care reforms have passed the Senate and the Prime Minister says they will deliver more affordable, accessible and flexible services for families.

February 2017

Senate welfare impasse again tests Government on tax reform – February 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Politics, Australian Politics, Budget,

The political theatre of Malcolm Turnbull’s new ‘tough guy’ persona and the more serious but unenlightening debate around the short comings of the major parties’ approaches to energy policy largely over-shadowed the important policy and Budget debate around the Government’s welfare and child care package.

Government looks for way through welfare and child care impasse – February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Childcare, Paid Parental Leave,

The Government says it will persist with efforts to persuade cross-bench senators to support the measures contained in its so-called omnibus bill affecting childcare subsidies, paid parental leave and family tax benefits.

June 2016

Labor’s childcare ignores changes to payments system – June 2016

Filed under: Politics, Elections, Social and Community, Childcare, Paid Parental Leave,

The ALP says a Shorten Labor government will act to address the issue of childcare waiting lists and help parents return to work faster.

May 2016

Labor Government would fund national learn to swim – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Childcare, Health,

Labor Party leader Bill Shorten says that a Labor government would ensure that every Australian child had the opportunity to develop safe water skills.

January 2016

Negotiations to resume on family payments and childcare reform package – January 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Childcare,

With the resumption of parliament negotiations are likely to restart between the Government and Senate cross-benchers on the Government’s proposed changes to Family Tax Benefits and childcare payments.

December 2015

Family payments and childcare reform package still under negotiation – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Childcare,

The Government’s family payments and childcare reform package remained under negotiation when Parliament rose on Thursday 3 December for its summer break.

March 2015

Productivity Commission proposes early childhood overhaul – March 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Childcare,

The Productivity Commission has recommended a major overhaul of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services, which now account for about $7 billion a year of Commonwealth expenditure.

November 2014

Productivity Commission final report handed to Government

Filed under: Australian Politics, Childcare,

Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley has welcomed the final report of the Productivity Commission on its inquiry into child care and early childhood learning.

August 2014

Childcare: Ministerial Advisory Council on childcare established

Filed under: Australian Politics, Childcare,

Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley has established a Ministerial Advisory Council for Child Care and Early Learning.

Childcare: Productivity Commission publishes draft report

Filed under: Australian Politics, Childcare,

The Productivity Commission has released a draft report on its inquiry into “Childcare and Early Childhood Learning”.