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Childcare affordability

The Greens plan for “New Benefit” childcare payment will provide an additional $183m for WA families.

Australian families are struggling to find and afford quality childcare that fits with their busy schedules. Sky-rocketing fees around the country have been ignored, with no extra help for parents facing the pressure of costs and unmanageable waiting lists.

The Greens have a plan to roll the Rebate and Benefit together and significantly boosting funding, to set up a more simple system for childcare payments that is better targeted to those who need the most help. 100% of costs will be covered for families with children who are vulnerable or at risk, and 90% or more of costs covered for families on the lowest incomes.

The New Benefit is in addition to our $200 million investment in helping community and not-for-profit centres to build new rooms and facilities, and our plan to waive HELP university debt for tertiary-qualified teachers in long day care.

Capital grants initiative

The Australian Greens have announced a capital grants fund that would see $200 million rolled out to community and not-for-profit childcare centres over four years, increasing the number of available places. The Capital Grants Fund can be targeted to places with the highest need, and for expansions that are urgently required right now such as baby rooms. This capital grants fund is just one way that Greens can help take the pressure off of parents and the childcare sector.

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