Time to have your say on child care reform

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, is encouraging the local community to have its say on how child care can be made more affordable, flexible and accessible.

The Productivity Commission is now undertaking public consultation following last month’s release of its draft report into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning.

“Child care fees skyrocketed around 54 per cent during Labor’s six years in office and most people would agree the system needs to be fixed,” Mr Porter said.

“The Government wants to hear from as many local families, child care operators and educators as possible and I encourage everyone to make a contribution to this discussion before the consultation period closes next month.

“With more than half of all children aged 0-12 in Australia attending some form of child care it is vital we create a system which works just as well for families in major cities as it does in regional Australia.

“Finding the right system is a complex task, which is why the Coalition Government tasked the Productivity Commission with the first major review of Australia’s entire child care system since the 1990s. But now it is time for the community to also have its say on delivering real child care reform.”

The Productivity Commission received more than 1160 submissions prior to the draft report, including more than 460 formal submissions and 700 brief online comments.

To comment directly, either on line or through one of several public hearings, you can find all the details via the Productivity Commission’s official web page: www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/childcare

The public consultation period closes on September 05, 2014 with the Commission expected to provide their final report to the Government by the end of October 2014.