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EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Xenophon amended business of the Senate notice of motion no. 5 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the following matter be referred to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and report by 17 June 2014:

The immediate future of the childcare sector in Australia, with particular reference to:

 (a) cost and availability for parents over the short term, including the effectiveness of the current government rebates;

 (b) administrative burden, including the impact of the introduction of the National Quality Framework;

 (c) the current regulatory environment and the impact on children, educators and service operators;

 (d) how the childcare sector can be strengthened in the short term to boost Australia's productivity and workplace participation for parents; and

 (e) any related matters.

Question put and passed.