Child care assistance



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.

Participating in growth: free childcare and increased participation

This paper argues that the provision of free childcare provides the rarest of economic policy opportunities – it’s both an effective form of fiscal stimulus in the short term, and has the capacity to boost the long-term participation rate and, in turn, the long-run rate...

Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package four week review

The Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Relief Package was announced on 2 April 2020 as a temporary measure to ensure the viability of the ECEC Sector and the continued provision of care for children of essential workers and vulnerable children (for the period 6...

Unleashing our potential: the case for further investment in the Child Care Subsidy

Enduring norms regarding gender and work have proven harmful to Australia's economic welfare by sidelining the careers, and limiting the potential, of women across the income spectrum. This report aims to provide ideas to cut Australia’s workforce participation gap between men and women, proposing targeted...

Design and governance of the Child Care Package

The Australian government announced the new Child Care Package in May 2015, with the policy objective to deliver ‘a simpler, more affordable, more flexible and more accessible child care system.’ The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Education’s...
Policy report

What do parents want? Australian childcare preferences and attitudes

This policy paper analyses the preferences and priorities of Australian parents in relation to childcare, based on the insights gathered from a targeted survey of working mothers who are using formal childcare. The paper also examines whether parents’ priorities align with government priorities for childcare...

Child Care Package evaluation: early monitoring report

In addition to presenting early data about the transition for services and families, this report provides context for the reform package through a review of the history of child care in Australia and a detailed overview of child care provision and the nature and objectives...

Why childcare is not affordable

In Australia, more parents are using formal childcare to support their participation in the workforce. Yet, childcare is becoming less affordable, with fees and out-of-pocket costs growing above inflation in recent years – despite the availability of taxpayer subsidies.
Briefing paper

Personal income tax cuts and the new Child Care Subsidy: do they address high effective marginal tax rates on women's work?

In Australia’s tax and social welfare system, many women face effective marginal tax rates (EMTRs) on work income which are higher than the marginal tax rates of the personal income tax structure. Even for some top income earners, high EMTRS may be produced. For example...

Commonwealth child care support – what do families get?

This Research Note overviews what the Commonwealth provides in terms of child care financial support and assistance.

Population, gender and reproductive choice: the motherhood questions directions for policy

This paper by Lois Bryson and Alison Mackinnon provides a summary of key points to emerge from the research papers presented at the workshop 'Population, gender and reproductive choice: the motherhood questions', held in Adelaide in February 2000.