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Is childcare or early learning unaffordable or inaccessible for your family?

Do you know anyone who has left the workforce after having kids because “after the cost of childcare it wasn't worthwhile to continue to work”?  Or because they couldn’t find affordable quality care?

The cost of quality childcare – home care, day care, after school care and vacation care – is a key issue for Australia’s working families and for working women in particular.

And of course it's a big issue for our kids.

Please sign our online petition here - and share this site with all your friends and colleagues.  And you can follow us on facebook and twitter for updates on this critical issue for families and employers.

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To:  The Hon Kate Ellis MP, Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care

       The Hon Julie Collins, Minister for the Status of Women

       The Hon Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Families and Community Services

Dear Ministers

The cost and availability of childcare and early learning is a big issue for Australian families and is having a serious, enduring and cumulative impact on family budgets, the careers of Australian women and the development and wellbeing of our children.  

I’m asking you to:
  • expand existing childcare rebates and support to include not only day care centres but also in-home care and out-of-school hours care, providing greater support and choice for Australian families
  • increase the level of childcare support by Governments, recognising the real cost of care has risen significantly and needs to be addressed to give parents the financial incentive to return to work
  • simplify the processes for parents to find quality childcare and receive childcare benefits, including exploration of potential benefits of tax deductibility of childcare.

This will legitimize the cost of care for working families and carers in Australia, providing true choice to families on childcare options, and remove a significant structural barrier to full workforce participation for all Australians.

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“The majority of what i earn goes to pay for childcare. We query why women leave the workforce - if i am getting nothing from being away from my children other than the satisfaction of holding a job, the tradeoff becomes very unclear.” - Donna


“I earn a good income so I can afford to "throw money at the problem" as much as it galls me that it is after-tax income despite it being an absolutely essential cost of me earning an income. But the vast majority of Australians do not have the luxury of throwing money at the problem, so the Government is effectively giving those families no choice despite all the posturing to the contrary - the Mum just stays home. Put your policies where your mouth is and make it a level playing field if you are really serious about increasing the workforce participation of mothers.” - Nicki