How do the major parties rate on childcare this election?

We asked the major parties to respond to our 5-point plan for quality affordable childcare and early learning.

What the parties said:

1. Invest at least $3 billion to make childcare more affordable, and fund it without cuts to family payments

libpartyCommitted to $3 billion investment from July 2018, but only if the Senate first passes cuts to family payments


logo.laborbannerCommitted to $3 billion investment from January 2017, not tied to cuts to family payments


greenslogoCommitted to $5 billion investment from July 2017, not tied to cuts to family payments


2. Provide immediate relief by increasing the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and the cap on the Child Care Rebate (CCR)

libpartyFrom July 2018, replace CCB and CCR with a new single Childcare Subsidy that is much more generous for most working families


logo.laborbannerFrom January 2017, CCB to be increased by 15%, CCR cap to be increased from $7500 to $10000.


greenslogoFrom July 2017, replace CCB and CCR with a new single Childcare Subsidy but with all families to be entitled to at least 24 hours of subsidised care per week.


3. Ensure all children have access to at least two days of early learning

libpartyNew subsidy to provide 12 hours per week of subsidy (i.e. one day in long day care) for families earning less than $65,710 even if they don’t meet the activity test, to a maximum hourly rate (FY19) of $10. Families can access 18 hours per week of subsidy if they engage in at least 8 hours a fortnight of work, study or volunteering.


logo.laborbannerContinue to provide 24 hours per week of CCB (i.e. two days of long day care) for families that do not meet the activity test, with a maximum hourly rate (FY19) of $5.57 on incomes of less than $44,800, tapering to zero at incomes of $154,000.


greenslogoNew subsidy to provide 24 hours per week (i.e. two days in long day care) for families even if they don’t meet the activity test, at a maximum hourly rate (FY19) of $10.


4. Increase participation of indigenous children in early learning

libpartyIndigenous early learning services can apply for funding from the new Community Child Care Fund


logo.laborbannerIndigenous early learning services will continue to be Budget Base Funded, with a 15% increase and access to $25m of capital grants


greenslogoIndigenous early learning services will continue to be Budget Base Funded


5. Extend Federal funding for access to preschool programs beyond 2017

libpartyNo commitment.


logo.laborbannerNo commitment, but will review arrangements with the states to increase accountability and improve outcomes for children.


greenslogoFunding extended to at least 2020.


For further information on the early learning and childcare policies of the major parties visit:

Coalition: https://www.education.gov.au/jobsforfamilies
Labor: http://www.100positivepolicies.org.au/investing_in_early_education_care
Greens: http://greens.org.au/childcare
Nick Xenophon Team: https://nxt.org.au/whats-nxt/policy-principles/

Written and authorised by John Cherry, 43 Metroplex Avenue, Murarrie, 4172