More than 95% of Australian families will benefit from the Albanian government’s childcare reforms, according to Education Minister Jason Clare.
The Labor MP will present the bill to parliament later today.
The bill is expected to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for 1.26 million families with children in care.
“The vast majority of this is designed to help low-income people, especially mums, get back into paid work after having a child,” Clare told Seven’s Breakfast. Sunrise.
The changes will come into effect from July next year, raising the maximum childcare subsidy rate to 90 per cent for the first child in care.
Households with a combined income of $75,000 will receive a 90% subsidy, while those earning $500,000 per year will receive a 7% reduction.
Families with a total income of $530,000 will not be eligible for any grants.
The government’s commitment to child care reform was a key campaign promise.
Clare said the Treasury estimated the reform would increase the workforce by the equivalent of 37,000 skilled workers through increased participation.
“A lot of companies are crying out for skilled workers…so if we can bring the cost of childcare down, that will mean a lot of skilled workers will be back in the workforce,” he said.
“That is why this is an important and important policy.
“It will mean over a million Australian families will see the cost of their childcare reduced.”
Some asked for the grant to be brought forward. But the Labor Party says it would cost too much.