Child­care shock for par­ents from July

The Northern Star - - NEWS - ANNIKA SMETHURST Na­tional Pol­i­tics Ed­i­tor —

THOU­SANDS of fam­i­lies will be worse off when the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s new child­care sub­si­dies come into ef­fect this year.

Anal­y­sis by the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, re­leased un­der Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion, has re­vealed that from July more than 62,000 Queens­land fam­i­lies and more than 93,000 in NSW will be out of pocket.

How­ever, fam­i­lies earn­ing a com­bined in­come of up to $185,000 will ben­e­fit the most from the child­care changes.

Un­der the changes, low-in­come and mid­dlein­come fam­i­lies earn­ing a com­bined in­come of up to $185,000 will no longer be lim­ited by an an­nual $7613 cap on sub­sidised child­care.

Those earn­ing more than $185,000 will ben­e­fit from an in­creased cap of $10,000, but those earn­ing more than $350,000 won’t re­ceive any sub­si­dies.

La­bor’s child­care spokes­woman Amanda Rish­worth ac­cused the Turn­bull Govern­ment of try­ing to the de­lay the re­lease of the in­for­ma­tion, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for mums and dads to bud­get for the year ahead.

“More than 279,000 fam­i­lies around Aus­tralia will be worse off,” Ms Rish­worth told The Sun­day Mail.

“Fam­i­lies shouldn’t have to wait un­til July 2 to find out they will be worse off un­der the govern­ment’s new pack­age. They need to pre­pare for these changes now.”

But Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Si­mon Birm­ing­ham re­futed the ac­cu­sa­tion, say­ing that al­most one mil­lion fam­i­lies would ben­e­fit from the pack­age.

“Our plan sup­ports fam­i­lies that need it the most by bet­ter tar­get­ing sub­si­dies to peo­ple earn­ing the least and to fam­i­lies work­ing the most,” Sen­a­tor Birm­ing­ham said.

“It is es­ti­mated that the pack­age will en­cour­age more than 230,000 fam­i­lies to in­crease their work­force par­tic­i­pa­tion.”

❝ More than 279,000 fam­i­lies around Aus­tralia will be worse off — La­bor child­care spokes­woman Amanda Rish­worth


NEW CAP: Some fam­i­lies will be worse off un­der changes to child­care sub­si­dies.

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