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New family day care places for Victoria



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

M E D I A R E L E A S E

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

22 December 1992 PS484/92

NEW FAMILY DAY CARE PLACES FOR VICTORIA

Families with children in country and city areas will benefit from an additional 235 family day care places to be provided by the Federal Government.

The Federal Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services, Peter Staples, said the 235 new places were part of an ongoing process to increase the supply of family day care places in Victoria.

"The Federal Government is committed to providing families with children with the services they need," he said.

"These new places will allow a number of family day care schemes to expand to meet an increased demand, especially in rural communities."

The funds for the 235 new places were provided under the Federal Government's Children's Services Program.

Federal Government funded fee relief will be available to parents using the family day care.

The allocation of child care places is based on a detailed planning process which ensures that services are developed in areas of greatest need.

Mr Staples expressed regret that the Victorian State government had been unable to commit itself to cost-sharing arrangements with the Federal government which would have enabled 2,720 long day care and 8,160 year round care places to be established jointly over the next four years.

"I'm still confident that these places will be funded under alternative arrangements," he said.

In 1983, there were only 46,000 child care places available in Australia. By 1995-96, the Federal Government will have increased this number to 250,000.

Family day care, which is provided in the home of the carer, is particularly useful for parents who are working extended hours, shiftworkers, sole parents and families in rural communities.

Details of funding can be obtained from Boris Kaspiev on (03) 604 8579.

Portfolio of Health, Housing and Community Services