The Australian Nanny Association has expressed severe concerns about the federal government’s Nanny Pilot, saying it is “set up to fail.”
The two-year, $246 million pilot, announced in this year’s federal Budget, offers an hourly subsidy for those accessing home-care services nannies provide. Eligibility is decided through an open tender system, and government aims to target families of children with special needs, parents who work non-standard hours, and those in remote areas.
Government has released the draft guidelines for the scheme, which will subsidise 4000 nannies to work 50 hours a week. But Danielle Robertson, president of the Australian Nanny Association, said the government rebates are far too low for providers, who may not have enough funds to manage their services.
“We believe the administration fee the government has allocated, at 5 per cent of the total rebate, is low; it can be as low as 17 cents per hour,” Robertson said. “For people who are supervising the nannies [in this pilot], they need to check on them and they need to mentor and support them. The government is saying 17 cents per hour is adequate for this to happen. We don’t believe that is adequate for any organisation.”
Robertson said this means providers might offer lower quality nannies and government should have had fewer families in the pilot.
“We firmly believe they should have had a reduced number of families going into the pilot scheme,” she said. “They’re saying 4000 nannies to 10,000 children for this pilot. We firmly believe they should have actually considered doing fewer families … so there is more money going back into the system.”
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