Local child care fees out of control under Morrison

Published on Mon 25 October 2021 12:05pm

New data has revealed families in Cockburn are being hammered by soaring childcare fees.

Published earlier this month, the Department of Education’s most recent data (March 2021) shows childcare fees in Cockburn increased by 3.1 per cent over 12 months, well above the national increase of 2.4 per cent. Over the same period, childcare fees for Fremantle families rose 1.9 per cent.

Fees rose well above inflation rate for the same period (1.1 per cent), to which the Child Care Subsidy is indexed – meaning local families are paying more and more out of pocket.

Nationally, childcare fees have now soared by 39.2 per cent in the eight long years since the Liberals were elected in 2013.

Scott Morrison’s dud childcare policy will fall lightyears short of what is required to bring genuine and permanent fee relief to Cockburn families.

The Morrison Joyce Government’s proposed policy will:

By contrast, an Albanese Labor Government will make childcare cheaper for 97 per cent of families in the system, regardless of how many children a family has in care.

Importantly, we will task the ACCC with designing a price regulation mechanism in order to shed light on costs and fees, and drive them down for good.

The Productivity Commission will also conduct a comprehensive review of the sector, with the aim of implementing a universal 90 per cent subsidy for all families.

Labor has a plan to bring down the cost of childcare for local Cockburn families, and keep it down.

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