Child care over­haul pledged

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

CLOSE to 5000 fam­i­lies in the elec­torate of Dawson will be bet­ter off as a re­sult of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s child care over­haul.

Fed­eral MP Ge­orge Chris­tensen said the pack­age would pro­vide the most hours of sup­port to the fam­i­lies who worked the long­est hours, and the great­est sub­sidy and fi­nan­cial sup­port to the fam­i­lies who earned the least.

“We know the cost pres­sures that fam­i­lies face so we’ve taken ac­tion to over­haul a bro­ken sys­tem,” Mr Chris­tensen said.

“The 4787 fam­i­lies us­ing child care in the re­gion should be re­as­sured that re­lief is around the cor­ner.”

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Si­mon Birmingham said the child care changes fo­cused on help­ing the fam­i­lies who needed it most.

“Al­most one mil­lion fam­i­lies will ben­e­fit from our ad­di­tional $2.5 bil­lion in­vest­ment and com­pre­hen­sive changes to the sub­sidy sys­tem, our new hourly rate cap to put down­ward pres­sure on fee in­creases and the end of the $7613 an­nual re­bate cap,” Mr Birmingham said.

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