Gov­ern­ment re­jects claim

Shepparton News - - NATIONALNEWS -

Federal Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Si­mon Birm­ing­ham has re­jected a re­port sug­gest­ing Aus­tralian par­ents are be­ing charged some of the high­est child­care fees in the world.

He said the re­port was based on lim­ited anec­do­tal ev­i­dence and did not match OECD re­search, which put the av­er­age Aus­tralian daily fee rate at $87.50.

‘‘Fam­i­lies are feel­ing the pinch, but OECD data shows child care in Aus­tralia is more af­ford­able than the US, UK, New Zealand, Canada and Ire­land and that’s be­fore Turnbull Gov­ern­ment re­forms put more money back in the pock­ets of par­ents,’’ Mr Birm­ing­ham said.

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