Time to have your say on child care reform

7/8/2014

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson is encouraging all residents to have their say on how child care can be made more affordable, flexible and accessible.

The Productivity Commission is now undertaking public consultation following last month’s release of its draft report into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning.

Mr Wilson said that this issue has been very topical lately and everyone seems to be talking about this but the one thing everyone agrees on is the current system is broken.

“I encourage local families, child care operators and educators to make a contribution before the consultation period closes next month because if you don’t have your say, you can’t expect the changes you would like.

The Productivity Commission is conducting the first major review of Australia’s entire child care system since the 1990s.

“This is a complex issue with no easy solutions but it was one of our first priorities when we were elected as part of our commitment to make child care more affordable, flexible and accessible for working families.

“It’s also vital we have child care which works just as well for families in regional and remote Australia as it does in the major cities.

“These are draft recommendations from the Productivity Commission and right now is your chance to have a say on delivering real child care reform for families,” Mr Wilson said.

The Productivity Commission received more than 1160 submissions prior to the draft report, including more than 460 formal submissions and 700 brief online comments.

To comment online visit the Productivity Commission’s official web page, www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/childcare

The public consultation period closes on 5 September 2014 with the Commission expected to provide their final report to the Government by the end of October 2014.

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