Release type: Media Release

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Government investment in child care making a difference for families

Ministers:

The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Minister for Employment Participation
Minister for Child Care

The Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care, Kate Ellis has released new data on child care usage in Australia.

TheChild Care Updateprovides a comprehensive snapshot of child care activity in Australia, giving accurate and aggregated data about children, families, services and costs.

Minister Ellis said that she was proud to see that the Government’s investment in child care affordability was making a real difference for Australian families.

“Most families now spend around 7 per cent of their disposable income on child care, compared to 13 per cent in 2004” Ms Ellis said.

“This easing of the family budget is a direct result of the Government’s decision in 2008 to increase the Child Care Rebate from 30 to 50 per cent, up to a cap of $7500.”

TheChild Care Updateprovides an updated picture of the extent to which families are using child care across the country. The new data reveals:

  • 869,770 Australian children attended Child Care Benefit approved child care, an increase of 8.7 per cent on the June quarter 2009
  • children spent an average of 21.6 hours per week in child care, across all service types
  • almost one in four (23.7 per cent) children aged 0-12 years attended child care
  • 627,980 Australian families had at least one child in approved child care, an increase of 8.4 per cent on the June quarter 2009.

This latest publication builds on theState of Child Care in Australiareport released in April 2010 and the Government’s commitment to the quarterly publication ofChild Care Vacancies Snapshots.

Minister Ellis said that it was important to collect and monitor activity in the child care sector, so that the Government can make informed policy decisions.

“The Government will continue to keep Australian families and the broader community informed about activity in the child care system,” Ms Ellis said.

“The release of this report today is another demonstration of the Australian Government’s commitment to a more transparent approach to child care.”

The report will be available on theMyChild websitetomorrow , www.mychild.gov.au