Child­care fees to drop

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

PAR­ENTS are on track to save more than $1000 a year on their child­care bills from gov­ern­ment fee crack­downs be­fore the long-awaited over­haul of the sys­tem comes into ef­fect.

The lat­est Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion data re­veals fees growth will drop be­low the long-term av­er­age over the next three years for fam­ily day care, af­ter and be­fore school care and long day care.

Over the past 10 years, fees for long day care ser­vices, which are used by 543,360 fam­i­lies, grew by an av­er­age of 6.8 per cent a year.

The lat­est data pre­dicts fee in­creases will drop to around 5.6 per cent by 2019-20.

The slower fee growth is ex­pected to de­liver sav­ings of about $430 per child, in ad­di­tion to pro­jected sav­ings fol­low­ing the roll­out of the Gov­ern­ment’s child­care pack­age from July next year.

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