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Tuesday, 25 November 2003
Page: 22866


Mrs Crosio asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, upon notice, on 9 October 2003:

(1) What was the total expenditure on child care in 2002-2003.

(2) What was the expenditure on family day care centres in 2002-2003.

(3) What was the level of Commonwealth funding for each of the family day care centres in the electoral division of Prospect in 2002-2003.

(4) Is the Government aware of analyses that estimate the return on Government investment in child care is twelve times the value of expenditure allocated; if so, will he guarantee that funding for family day care will not be reduced or abolished.


Mr Anthony (Minister for Children and Youth Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Total expenditure on child care in 2002-03 was $1692 million.

(2) The total amount of Commonwealth child care broadband funding paid to family day care services in 2002-03 was $67 046 306. The amount of Child Care Benefit (CCB) expenditure paid to families using family day care services in 2002-03 was $243 874 074. This amount excludes CCB received as a lump sum payment and is based on pre-reconciliation amounts paid to families during the financial year. It does not take into account Centrelink CCB advance/acquittal processes to services.

(3) There was one family day care service operating in the electoral division of Prospect in 2002-03. The amount of Commonwealth child care broadband funding received by this service in 2002-03 was $438 820. The amount of CCB expenditure paid to families using this service in 2002-03 was $1 695 356. This amount excludes CCB received as a lump sum payment and is based on pre-reconciliation amounts paid to families during the financial year. It does not take into account Centrelink CCB advance/acquittal processes to services.

(4) The Government is aware of this analysis. It was undertaken by a Departmental official and the findings were presented to the Australian Early Childhood Association Conference Children - The Core of Society on 13 July 2003. The Australian Government is committed to child care and has maintained an unprecedented $8 billion allocation over the four years to 2006-07. This amount has substantially increased in recent years, particularly with the introduction of CCB on 1 July 2000 and now supports an unprecedented 759 000 children using care. The Government also recognises family day dare is highly valued as a child care choice for many families and has provided it with long and substantial support. The Government continues to support family day care together with other forms of quality child care to meet the child care needs of families.