Childcare fee hike to target stay-at-home parents under Federal Government reform

STAY-AT-HOME parents could face higher childcare fees under reforms designed to ensure that taxpayer-funded cash is focused on parents who are studying, working or looking for a job. Mums and in some cases dads who are claiming up to 24 hours a week — or three days of childcare — despite the fact they do not work are most likely to be affected by any changes. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that ensuring Australia’s $7 billion-a-year childcare spending is targeted at working parents will be a driving force in his reforms.

Mr Morrison is tackling this issue and wants to simplify the system and he has already flagged that some of the savings delivered by a freeze on Family Tax Benefit rebates worth $2.6 billion could be used to boost childcare spending.

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