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Expansion of family day care services in Queensland

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Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services Hon. Peter Staples M.P.

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Parliament House, Canberra Phone (06) 277 7220 Fax (06) 273 4146

23 December 1992 PS515/92


Parents and children in Brisbane, on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and in Pine Rivers, Southern Darling Downs, Beaudesert, Charleville region, Emerald, Redcliffe, Redlands, Beenleigh, Caboolture, Ipswich, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Gladstone, Cairns, Townsville, Bowen, Innisfail, Atherton, and Ingham will benefit from 1070 new Family Day Care places being funded by the Federal Government.

The Federal Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services, Peter Staples, said existing services in these areas will be expanded.

"Family Day Care is able to provide care both for children under school age and of primary school age," Mr Staples said.

"It is the preferred choice of many parents with very young children because care is provided in a home environment."

The new places have been approved as part of the Federal Government's strategy to provide an additional 50,000 new child care places nationally by 1996, bringing the total number of funded places to more than a guarter of a million by that date. In Queensland in this period, 1,730 new Family

Day Care places will be established.

Mr Staples said that the initiative reflected the on-going commitment of the Federal Government to the provision of affordable, guality child care for Australian families.

Details of the funding can be obtained from Trevor Thompson on (07) 360 2808.

Portfolio of Health, Housing and Community Services