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Wednesday, 10 February 1999
Page: 2442


Mr Latham asked the Minister representing the Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 9 December 1998:

(1) Which areas in New South Wales have been identified as high need in the 1998-99 round of Commonwealth-funded centre-based long day child care places.

(2) What criteria are used to determine need and what (a) distinction is made between 0-2 year care and 3-5 year care in the process and (b) consideration is given to socio-economic factors in determining need.

(3) How many places will be received by (a) Warringah and (b) Pittwater and what needs were identified in these areas.

(4) How many places will be received by Campbelltown and what needs were identified in this local government area.


Mr Truss (Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) —The Minister for Family and Community Services has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) In the most recent assessment of high need areas (October 1998), the following areas in New South Wales were identified as requiring additional centre based child care places:

. Auburn

. Blue Mountains

. Camden

. Warringah/Pittwater

. Blacktown/Baulkham Hills

. Strathfield/Concord/Ashfield/Drummoyne

. Kogarah/Rockdale/Hurstville

. Fairfield

. Griffith

. Jindabyne

. Ku-ring-gai

. Liverpool

. Ryde

. Wagga Wagga

. Wingecarribee

. Wollongong

(2) The primary criterion used to determine need is the geographical distribution of children whose parents participate in the labour force (including those parents seeking employment or study ing/training for employment). This is further refined with relation to:

. labour force characteristics of their parents (eg. full time/part time work patterns, shiftwork, seasonal work);

. their parents' preference for formal or informal care;

. existing supply;

. gaps in service provision (eg. baby care); and

. preferred location of care.

(a) The distinction between the need for 0-2 year care and 3-5 year care is made by each State/Territory Planning Advisory Committee when they consider gaps in supply. In NSW, this assessment is based on data gathered through surveys of child care services, local government councils, State government departments and other stakeholders, and through regional consultations.

(b) In addition to the socio-economic factors listed above, the NSW Planning Advisory Committee also considers the location of new housing estates. As above, this information is gathered through the use of surveys, regional consultations and data from State and local governments.

(3) There is a total of 60 places available in the combined

(a) (b) region of Warringah and Pittwater. The planning process identified a sufficient supply of centre based long day care places for children aged 3-5 years, but a shortage of places for children aged 0-2 years.

(4) The planning process identified a sufficient supply of centre based long day care in the Campbelltown local government area this time, therefore no places will be received by this area. Needs will be reviewed in April/May 1999.