Child care

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Childcare
Discussion paper

Every educator matters: evidence for a new early childhood workforce strategy for Australia

The early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce is essential to Australia’s economic and social prosperity. This paper draws on contemporary Australian research, to set out policy proposals for Australian governments to consider in developing and implementing the new national ECEC workforce strategy.
Report

Barhava report: Indi Kindi impact report

This report demonstrates how Indigenous programs that are strengths-based, designed with and led by the community, and – most importantly – put Indigenous peoples at the centre, are more likely to close the gap and deliver tangible and transformative impact on communities as a whole.
Briefing paper

A comparison of the economic impacts of income tax cuts and childcare spending

This paper outlines a comparison of the impact on employment of child care expenditure and income tax cuts of an equivalent net cost to the budget. The paper argues that the clear superiority of childcare expenditure in stimulating economic activity reflects the concentration of the...
Discussion paper

The case for a care-led recovery

Australia spends relatively little on the provision of care as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product, when compared to other developed nations with robust systems of care. Drawing on recent research from the UK, this paper argues that a stimulus investment in the care economy...
Policy report

Why reform of the Child Care Subsidy would strengthen Australia’s economy

In this report, the McKell Institute advocates for a universal Child Care Subsidy, and evaluates the Working Family Child Care Boost announced by Federal Labor Leader, Anthony Albanese, in his budget reply speech of 8 October 2020.
Policy report

The child care subsidy: options for increasing support for caregivers who want to work

Parents of young children who want to contribute more to household income too often find themselves considering an insufficient financial reward when taking on extra work, once out-of-pocket child care costs are deducted. This report outlines some options for reform of the child care subsidy...
Report

National Quality Framework (NQF) Snapshot Q2 2020

This report is the 30th NQF Snapshot, summarising quality rating results for education and care services operating under the National Quality Framework (NQF). The report finds 81% of services are rated Meeting National Quality Standard (NQS) or above, with 30% of these rated Exceeding NQS...
Report

Cheaper childcare: a practical plan to boost female workforce participation

Increasing female workforce participation is one of the biggest economic opportunities for governments. This report identifies a range of policy and social barriers facing women who would prefer to work more paid hours.
Strategy

Australia’s economic reconstruction after COVID-19: a national jobs plan and five ways to get started

In this strategy document, the ACTU calls for a government-led national economic reconstruction plan, and offers up five ideas that are designed to create and save jobs, protect and nurture whole industries, support public and private sector jobs, invest in future skills and training, and...
Policy report

Increasing childcare subsidies would support children, families and the economy

Economic modelling by the Mitchell Institute has found that many families will be significantly financially worse off, following the reintroduction of childcare fees for parents.