Hon Judi Moylan

Budget 2005 - More than $266 million for Australian child care places

Member for Pearce Judi Moylan said families in Pearce would be advantaged after last night’s Federal Budget, which saw the Australian Government commit a $266 million package to assist working parents. “This is an incredible boost for working families and I am positive that Pearce families will welcome this news. Whether it’s working parents or those training or studying, people with children will find substantial gains with the extra child care places. The new package will include – • 84,300 extra Outside School Hours Care places • 2500 extra Family Day Care places • 1000 extra In-home Care places • help for 52,000 families through Jobs, Education and Training Child Care fee assistance. Jobs Education and Training Child Care assists low income families meet any gap in child care fees. Ms Moylan said these initiatives will be a great assistance to working families. Earlier Federal Government commitments include – • the Child Care Tax rebate, a 30 per cent rebate on out-of-pocket child care expenses costing $1 billion over four years; and • 40,000 additional Outside School Hours Care places and 4000 additional Family Day Care places in the 2004-05 Budget.

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