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Is he Malcolm Turnbull or is he Robin Hood… we’re going to find out this week when the left wing liberal brings legislation to Parliament on childcare that will have Grandparent Carers applauding, higher earning families cursing and stay at home mums wondering whether they should return to work, and that is exactly what the Government wants.  But is it the right move for our country and your grandchildren?

The changes to the scheme are twofold, to make taxpayer funds go further, to those who need them more, and to make childcare more fair.

Under the new legislation to go in front of parliament this week, Grandparents who are the primary carers of their grandchildren will finally be able to access subsidised childcare and will be exempt from the “childcare activity test” meaning they won’t have to work or study to access government support.

It is proposed that Grandparent carers will be able to access up to 100 hours of childcare a fortnight without any out of pocket costs.  It will come at a cost of $20Million to our country, and societally it will bring so many beautiful benefits.

At the same time, average families on about $115,000 per year that are battling to afford childcare will receive more subsidies, expecting to benefit by up to $4000 per year.

Meanwhile, the government plans to slash those earning more than $250,000 across their families and mums that do not work to pay more for the services they receive.  Those earning over $250,000 will see their threshold drop and them no longer receiving the 50 percent rebate on care, with it being tiered to drastically reduce support for higher income earners over $340,000 per family who will only receive 20 percent subsidy.

“Importantly here for grandparents and their grandchildren, we’re making sure that support is available for children who are often vulnerable and in need of additional learning and valuable respite for those grandparents who are delivering an amazing service to help care for their grandchildren when their parents are not in a position to do so,” said Simon Birmingham, Education Minister to the ABC.

The new arrangements, if they pass, will look to kick off in 2017.

Do you think this is a good move and are you happy to see the redirection of your taxpayer funds.  Are you surprised that the Liberal Government is prioritising such a change?


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. it is a good move for grandparents but why the push to get women who dont work back in the workforce when there are no jobs . But then I believe if you dont work & choose to stay at home with your kids the kids should not be in childcare

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  2. Great news all round – especially for Grandparent Carers, they’ve struggled for so long.

  3. The ALP refused to pass this legislation unless grandparents and single mothers were exempt

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    • Libbi.
      The LNP supporters will never listen to this. They’ll just continue to praise their illustrious leaders and believe the lies they are told.

    • It is just a shame that this website never told them that Ruth, I listened with interest to this topic, because my niece is newly single, her husband and her split up about a month ago and she has 3 teenage children, still at school to support

  4. This is a strange story as grandparents who are primary carers have been able to access this 100 hours for years. I have been using it for three at least.

  5. I don’t understand why folk on such high salaries receive any benefits at all.

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  6. Childcare is good for teaching young children these days. It is not just child minding. All children should go to Childcare. Children of mothers who don’t work should be able to attend at least one day a week. My concern is that there are always a few who rort systems such as this.

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    • I agree that children need interation with other children, but I don’t believe stay at home mothers should be entilted to childcare rebate. I thought kindergarten prior to school was enough.

    • Dawn Cue. “Childcare good for teaching children?” What is better for a baby/toddler than “one on one” interaction with their own mother? Have we got to the stage where we “outsource” everything to the “professionals” ? My kids never went to childcare, even kindy – have great social skills, and are both well educated, in their own practices.

    • No childcare rebates, time it was stopped. If you want your child to learn how to integrate before “Big School” start up your own local one, put some effort in and whatever it is you did when the child was at Kindy/Childcare can wait. Do something for yourselves for a change. You wanted them, npw look after them.

    • Paula Woodley and I believe these baby bonus’ should cease. If you can’t afford babies don’t have them. Why should childless tax payers be subsidising people with children.

    • Yvonne Jackson Excellent point, I did’nt think of that one, may be more of us should, in particular young mums.

    • Victoria Alexandra D’Arienzo I am not a childless tax payer, I had 3, stayed at home, did not have a mansion and 2 big trucks in the driveway, but I still object to the baby bonus and all the other bonus’s these parents access. Have your family, take careof them, no need to give themeverything that opens and shuts, that is not what they need, and if you can’t see that you should not have children.

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