A Department of Education analysis of the impacts of the Federal Government’s “New Child Care Package” has revealed 279,000 families and their children across Australia will worse off, according to Shadow Education Minister Amanda Rishworth
According to Rishworth, the analysis was obtained under Freedom of Information laws, and reveals the electorates that will fare the worst under the reforms. Families could be worse off through less subsidised enrolment hours than they currently receive, or through less subsidy overall.
Rishworth said “more than 279,000 families around Australia will be worse off.” According to Labor, that includes 88,000 families earning less than $65,710.
“For those families on a single income over $65,710 guaranteed access to 24 hours of subsidised access is now reduced to zero,” said Rishworth.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has disputed Labor’s claims, and repeated the Government’s marketing that the new reforms will most support disadvantaged families and children. This is despite reduced access and subsidies for families not meeting the stringent Activity Test.
“It is estimated that the package will encourage more than 230,000 families to increase their workforce participation”, said Birmingham. Birmingham has consistently praised the Package in terms of workforce participation outcomes.
Rishworth and Labor have claimed that the Education Minister had refused to release this analysis previously.