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Key challenges for the re-elected Coalition government: our experts respond

News | May 20, 2019

The re-elected Coalition government has some big policy decisions to make. In […] Read More

Why early childhood education is everyone’s business

News | May 20, 2019

The first five years of life are the most critical for building […] Read More

The childcare subsidy calculator you must use before you vote on Saturday

News | May 15, 2019

Find out how much your family will save. You know those baffling […] Read More

Federal election 2019: Labor’s childcare proposal ‘a really big deal for typical families’, says Grattan Institute

Media Release News | May 7, 2019

New independent modelling claims Labor’s $4 billion childcare policy would “substantially” boost Australia’s economic growth.

According to the Grattan Institute, Labor’s plan provides an incentive for second earners in a family to work more days. Despite not being specifically promoted as an economic policy, Grattan chief executive John Daley claims it is “the most important economic reform being proposed in this election”. Read More

Why Labor’s childcare policy is the biggest economic news of the election campaign

Media Release News | May 7, 2019

In an election campaign full of giveaways but short on serious economic reform, Labor’s proposed change to childcare support is the most important economic news.

It fits in with this year’s Grattan Institute Commonwealth Orange Book, which identified getting more women into the workforce as one of the most valuable things the next government could do. Read More

Government labels Labor childcare plan ‘communism’

News | May 2, 2019

The Coalition’s calling the ALP’s plan to pay childcare workers more while lowering the cost of day care as “economic vandalism.”

Listen to the full program on ABC Radio. Read More

Greens announce ambitious childcare policy

News | May 2, 2019

The Greens have launched an ambitious policy which would make childcare free for most families, abolish the activity test and guarantee three- and four-year-olds access to 24 hours of early childhood education a week.

Listen to the full interview with Greens education spokeswoman Dr Mehreen Faruqi on ABC RN. Read More

Endless fights over money don’t improve education results

News | May 2, 2019

One of the few things both sides agree on in this election campaign is that we must get education right. A highly educated and well-trained workforce is our best insurance that all the benefits that digital disruption brings don’t come at the cost of many people unable to find decent jobs.

As a rich nation, our workers are highly paid. That’s not bad, it’s good. But it does mean we have to ensure our workers continue being equipped with the knowledge and skills that make their labour valuable – to local employers and to the purchasers of the goods and services we export. Read More

Labor pledges cheaper childcare

News | May 1, 2019

Labor has pledged $4 billion to subsidise childcare for low income earners. […] Read More

‘Excited’: Childcare sector cheers Labor’s $4 billion policy

News | May 1, 2019

Childcare operators have broadly welcomed Labor’s $4 billion childcare policy saying it would improve options for low income earners and attract staff to the sector.

Labor this week pledged to increase the childcare subsidy available to families with household incomes under $175,000 a year by lifting the current 85 per cent subsidy for low-income families to 100 per cent for all those earning less than $69,527. Labor would also fund a 20 per cent increase in the wages of early childhood educators over the next eight years. Read More