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    The government will spend $3.5bn over the next four years on the childcare package – which takes effect after the next election in July 2017 – in addition to the about $7bn a year already budgeted for childcare spending. The new system will:

    • offer more generous payments of 85% of the cost of care to all families earning up to $65,000;

    • remove the $7,500 a year each child cap on payments to all families earning up to $185,000 a year;

    • continue to offer the 50% rebate to families earning over $185,000 and increase the annual cap for each child for these families to $10,000.

    But to save money it will also:

    • remove all childcare subsidies for families earning more than $65,000 where both parents are not in the workforce, replacing them with a sliding scale of payments to encourage parents to increase their hours of casual or part-time work;

    • reduce the number of hours of subsidised childcare offered to non-working families earning under $65,000 to 12 hours a week, but continue to subsidise those hours recognising that children from these families may have particular need of the pre-school education that childcare provides;

    • Stop parents from “double-dipping” by accessing both government- and employer-funded paid parental leave.

    And the entire package depends upon the Senate passing the cuts to family tax benefits proposed in last year’s budget but rejected by the Senate. They included:

    • ending family tax benefit B (paid to single-income families) when the youngest child turns six, saving $1.9bn over five years;

    • freezing all family tax payments for two years, saving $2.6bn over four years;

    • cutting end-of-year family tax benefit supplements, saving $1.2bn over four years.

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    I did just see something brief on the childcare subsidies.
    Its mixed. On one hand yeh ok maybe sacrificing paid time off for CC rebates is alright. But i still cant help but think its "unfair". Why should i pay tax on my PPL, then have to return to work early because it was shortened, then pay childcare and only then will i be benefitted by cheaper rates IF im eligible. Wth is that.

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    So basically the message to women is: go to work ladies, but don't go getting above your station and thinking you can earn a higher income. Back to the secretarial pool for you luv.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    http://gu.com/p/4899v

    The government will spend $3.5bn over the next four years on the childcare package – which takes effect after the next election in July 2017 – in addition to the about $7bn a year already budgeted for childcare spending. The new system will:

    • offer more generous payments of 85% of the cost of care to all families earning up to $65,000;

    • remove the $7,500 a year each child cap on payments to all families earning up to $185,000 a year;

    • continue to offer the 50% rebate to families earning over $185,000 and increase the annual cap for each child for these families to $10,000.

    But to save money it will also:

    • remove all childcare subsidies for families earning more than $65,000 where both parents are not in the workforce, replacing them with a sliding scale of payments to encourage parents to increase their hours of casual or part-time work;

    • reduce the number of hours of subsidised childcare offered to non-working families earning under $65,000 to 12 hours a week, but continue to subsidise those hours recognising that children from these families may have particular need of the pre-school education that childcare provides;

    • Stop parents from “double-dipping” by accessing both government- and employer-funded paid parental leave.

    And the entire package depends upon the Senate passing the cuts to family tax benefits proposed in last year’s budget but rejected by the Senate. They included:

    • ending family tax benefit B (paid to single-income families) when the youngest child turns six, saving $1.9bn over five years;

    • freezing all family tax payments for two years, saving $2.6bn over four years;

    • cutting end-of-year family tax benefit supplements, saving $1.2bn over four years.
    I don't think any of this will affect me negatively so it all looks ok to me. I'm happy with the increase to the annual limit, my daughter is currently in daycare 2 days per week but if I were to pick up more work and put her into daycare for a third day, we wouldn't get through the whole year before hitting the limit.

    I do think the removal of the so-called "double dipping" is unfair. Employers don't offer paid parental leave out of the kindness of their heart; its to make them a more attractive employer so they will get the best staff. It's just like being know to pay above market salaries or give really generous bonuses. It's not fair that those businesses can't do whatever they want to attract great staff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaGal View Post
    So basically the message to women is: go to work ladies, but don't go getting above your station and thinking you can earn a higher income. Back to the secretarial pool for you luv.
    why do you feel it's pushing women towards lower incomes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR03 View Post
    I do think the removal of the so-called "double dipping" is unfair. Employers don't offer paid parental leave out of the kindness of their heart; its to make them a more attractive employer so they will get the best staff. It's just like being know to pay above market salaries or give really generous bonuses. It's not fair that those businesses can't do whatever they want to attract great staff.
    Agreed. And I'm sure private employers would still find ways to pay benefits to new parents.

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    When is this supposed to come into effect?

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    At the risk of getting my head bitten off I want to ask a genuine question. If new mothers are taking their workplace's PPL which encourages them to return to work, level the playing field, reward them etc etc, why do they feel entitled to a 2nd PPL for the same reason?

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    @delirium - My work only offers unpaid maternity leave so i get nothing from them, just the government one, however i believe some workplaces only offer a few weeks paid leave. In this instance i can see why these ladies would need both. 4 weeks is not enough time off with a new baby, especially if you have a csection etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    At the risk of getting my head bitten off I want to ask a genuine question. If new mothers are taking their workplace's PPL which encourages them to return to work, level the playing field, reward them etc etc, why do they feel entitled to a 2nd PPL for the same reason?
    It's the other way around. All working mums are entitled to the 18 wks PPL.
    Then depending on your private salary package you get other benefits.

    Personally I made choices in my career to get those benefits, so I wouldn't be overly impressed if they were taken away from me in a matter of weeks.

    However if given enough notice I wouldn't mind. I would just move to a different employer offering better benefits.


 

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