About our child care policy

Working families with kids in child care are struggling right now. Families know how expensive and difficult the child care system is to navigate.

We pay some of the highest child care costs in the world.

In fact, fees have gone up more than 35% under the Liberals.

The way the current system is designed means many women actually lose money if they work more than three days a week.

That’s why Labor will reduce the cost of child care.

Labor’s Cheaper Child Care policy will:

  • Make child care cheaper for 97% of families with children in care
  • Increase the child care subsidy for more than 1 million working families
  • Remove the annual cap on child care benefits
  • Prevent out of control fee increases

We will make it easier for mums, children and working families to get ahead. No family will be worse off.

It will be good for families, good for children and good for the economy.

This figure is an estimate of additional support through the child care subsidy to assist families in understanding the impact of Labor’s Cheaper Child Care policy.

It is based on the hourly rate cap for Centre Based Day Care and a comparison between Labor‘s policy and the government’s current subsidy and taper rates. The proposed changes would apply from 1 July 2022 if Labor is successful in forming government at the next election.

The current Liberal subsidy includes the annual subsidy cap. Labor will remove the annual cap. The calculator assumes the activity test requirements have been met.

Authorised by Paul Erickson, Australian Labor Party, Canberra.
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