Families one step closer to cheaper childcare with new laws

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Families will have access to cheaper childcare next year as the federal government’s childcare subsidy laws pass through parliament.

The laws passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday after the Senate agreed to amendments on Tuesday.

It will mean, from July next year, families earning up to $80,000 will receive a 90 per cent childcare subsidy.

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This will decrease by 1 per cent for every additional $5000 of income earned and stop at a threshold of $350,000.

A further subsidy will also be in place for second children and those younger than the age of five.

Indigenous children will also receive 36 hours of subsidised care each fortnight.

Education Minister Jason Clare said the laws will make early childhood education more accessible for more families. Credit: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Education Minister Jason Clare said before the subsidy came into place two inquiries would look at childcare costs and accessibility across Australia.

“Just like we’ve got universal Medicare … just like we’ve got universal superannuation … we need a universal early education system that gives all children the early education that they deserve,” he said.

The competition watchdog will begin its price inquiry in January while the Productivity Commission will have a broader look at a range of issues in the childcare sector.

Childcare centres will also have more reporting requirements in a bid to reduce fraud.

Early Childhood Education Minister Anne Aly said about 1.2 million families are set to benefit when the measure kicks in next year.

“It’s a good day for families and a good day for women and children right across Australia,” she said.

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