Senator Seselja said the Productivity Commission will take a holistic view to reform, including looking at issues facing mothers returning to the workforce, rural, regional and remote communities, shift workers, and disadvantaged and vulnerable children. “The work lives of Australian families are no longer strictly nine-to-five and we need a child care model which supports our needs now, rather than languishing in the previous century,” stated Senator Seselja.
“We’ve made it clear we want to hear from all Australians about their experiences and how they think we can build a stronger child care system – this issues paper is about sparking that debate.”
Some of the key questions the Productivity Commission is asking Australians:
• Have you experienced difficulty accessing suitable care for your child? If so, is this due to a lack of services in your area or available places at the time you require?
• Has increasing workforce participation by mothers increased demand for child care, or has improved availability, affordability, and/or quality of child care led to increased participation?
• What can child care operators and governments do to improve the delivery of child care services to children with additional needs?
• What are the particular challenges facing parents and operators in regional, remote and rural areas?
• Whether any increased staffing costs for operators have been, or will be, passed on in higher fees charged to families?