Werriwa Matters with Anne Stanley MP: Labor's childcare policy assists families

Anne Stanley, Werriwa MP
Anne Stanley, Werriwa MP

The first 1000 days of a child's life are the most important, laying the foundation of their abilities and success for the future.

Last month Labor detailed its Cheaper Childcare Policy to address the continuing issues for parents seeking childcare in Australia.

We know that fees for childcare have risen by over 35 per cent under the Liberal government. Australians pay some of the highest childcare costs in the world. The current system locks out more than 100,000 families because they can not afford to put their children into care due to rising costs.

Labor's policy will assist families by removing the barriers that hold back second income earners. We will scrap the $10,560 childcare subsidy cap, lift the maximum childcare subsidy rate to 90 per cent and increase childcare subsidy rates for a large majority of Australian families.

Families shouldn't lose money because they've accepted extra hours of work. The current system acts as a handbrake on our economy and discourages many women from working more than three days a week.

These reforms will see more than a million Australian families better off. We will make it easier for mums, children and working families to get ahead. No family will be worse off.