Title 100 more childcare centres predicted to close.
Database Press Releases
Date 26-11-1999
Author EVANS, Chris, (former senator)
Citation Id G3J06
Cover date 26 Nov. 1999
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Item Online Text: 435105
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100 more childcare centres predicted to close.





Senator Chris Evans

Labor Senator for Western Australia

Shadow Minister for Family Services and the Aged





Senator Chris Evans today said that he expected up to 100 more childcare centres to close around Australia next year as a result of the Government blocking the Childeare Legislation Amendment (High Needs Regions) Bill 1999 in the Senate.


“Every centre closure means children upset, friendships lost, relationships with carers broken, parent’s work arrangements disrupted and a business broken,” said Senator Chris Evans.


“Childcare centres close at an enormous social cost, for the Government to say it doesn’t care is totally irresponsible. The people most affected by these closures are our youngest and most vulnerable children - they deserve better.


“This is not a fast food industry. Children, their families and the Childcare sector need stability, not some economic model of unregulated competition.


“More than 300 centres have closed in the last couple of years. The Childcare sector is already reeling from the impact of the Government’s policies that have seen a 10% reduction in Commonwealth childcare funding from 1996-97 to 1997-98.


“Closures are concentrated in low and middle income areas, while new centres are concentrated in wealthier suburbs. This trend will get worse with the removal of planing controls on the sector.


“Without planning controls centres will open in areas with sufficient capacity, disrupting existing centres and forcing closures.


“Many more centres will be forced to close their doors this year, which means more disruption and distress.


“After championing the need for planning over the last two years the Government policy reversal on this issue is unexplained and unjustified. Needs based planning remains as necessary on 1 January 2000 as it is now.


“It is a tragedy for the children, families, carers and businesses who will be hurt by the Government’s decision.”



For Comment: Chris Evans, tel. 02 6277 3883 or 0419 983 593 or

Andrew Lee, tel. 08 9430 8599 or 0409 099 779


26 November 1999


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