Release type: Media Release

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36 per cent growth in child care services

Ministers:

The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Minister for Employment Participation
Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care

New data shows 36 per cent increase in the number of child care services across Australia, since Labor was elected in 2007.

The Australian Government funds an unlimited number of child care places, which supports new services to set up and existing services to expand to meet growing demand.

Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care Kate Ellis said that in 2010-11 more than 865,000 Australian families accessed approved child care - an increase of more than 100,000 since 2006-07.

“Australian families are continuing to use early childhood education and care in record numbers,” Minister Ellis said.

“This new data confirms that thanks to the financial support from our Government, the child care market is being supported to grow at a strong rate.”

“In fact from June 2010 – June 2011 alone, the number of Australian child care services grew by more than 500.”

In addition to record numbers of families using child care and record numbers of child care services operating, the Australian Government is also investing in child care affordability assistance at record levels.

The new data released today shows the Australian Government invested more than $3.5 billion in Child Care Rebate and Child Care Benefit entitlements during 2010-11 and this investment is set to grow into the future.

“Over the next four years our Government will invest a historic $18.1 billion in direct assistance for families to help them meet the costs of child care,” Minister Ellis said.

“In 2008, the Australian Government increased the Child Care Rebate from 30 to 50 per cent of parents’ out of pocket costs and increased the maximum cap to $7500 per child, per year.”

“This historic increase in the Child Care Rebate continues to make a difference for families.”

“In fact in 2004 the out of pocket costs for a family with one child in long day care and earning $55,000 a year were 13.2 per cent of their disposable income – in 2011 this proportion had declined to just 7.5 per cent.”

“We know that affordable, accessible and quality child care is a necessity for many Australian families and I am proud that our Government’s investments are paying off for parents.”

The new data released today is available at: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Earlychildhood/Resources/Pages/home.aspx