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30000 additional child care places in the next four years



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Status of Women COMMONW EALTH

PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY

C. I. S.

MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER NEWS RELEASE

24 August 1988

30000 ADDITIONAL CHILD CARE PLACES IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS

Senator Margaret Reynolds, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women, said today that the Government1s child care strategy announced in the Budget would be invaluable to many Australian women.

"This Government has shown a longstanding commitment to child care provision. The 1988-89 Budget takes that commitment a step further by announcing the creation of an additional 30.000 places over the next four years.

"The new places, to be established in cooperation with State, Territory and Local Governments, will comprise 20,000 outside school hours places, where the Commonwealth now meets 4% of projected need, 2,000 occasional care places, 4,000 family day care places and 4,000 centre-based long day care places.

"To encourage provision of work-related services, the Commonwealth will pioneer an innovative joint venture arrangement with employers. 1,000 centre-based places will be set aside for a pilot program in which the Commonwealth will contribute up to $70 a week in fee relief while

employers contribute operational and capital costs."

Senator Reynolds said that the Government, through the Office of the Status of Women was undertaking a cost-benefit analysis of employer provided child care, the results of which will be released shortly.

"Measures announced in this budget recognise that many women need affordable, quality child care to enable them to participate in education, training or the workforce, or have a bread from young children at home.

"The National Agenda for Women calls for continued commitment to child care provision. The 1988-89 Budget shows how serious the Government is about implementing the National Agenda.

"In 1983 when this Government came to power, there were 46.000 Commonwealth subsidised child care places. The projected total now stands at 140,000 an increase of nearly 100,000".

For further information: Rosemary Huxtable (Min) 062-777240 Karin Gieselhart (Dept) 062-715747

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