I'm a wahm and can't get a childcare space and there's no flexibility in it. I was looking at a nanny but it was too expensive. I think this is a great option for families to have and something I can re visit (if it actually happened)
I'm not sure what the argument is regarding sahm's. I'd love to get paid by the government to be a fulltime sahm, but that's just so unrealistic. We can't expect our government to come up with the funds for that, people need to work, it's just how it is.
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27-03-2012 18:00 #63
I reckon we're darn lucky to get anything from the government... We are certainly privileged in this country. I was amazed at what I was entitled to after DS was born... Had no idea and had been saving my **** off for ages. It's great of our government IMO
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27-03-2012 18:01 #64
I'd like to see a bit more investment in helping SAHM reenter the workforce after extended career breaks. More retraining should be available and employers should be educated on the benefits of offering work place flexability.
27-03-2012 18:11 #65
Does the rebate cover sahm who choose to run a business from home - because the ccr doesn't agree with this - apparently I actually have to travel away from home for work to qualify for a ccr??? Or am I mistaken - when it comes to entitlements I am so misinformed and sure I miss out on a lot that I am entitled to
27-03-2012 18:40 #66
Can I ask you how much they paid you a day not including super and how many kids?
and that is my concern that only the wealthy, even with the rebate can afford a nanny. The rest of the average families are still left to fight for DC places and have their children cared for out of the home
27-03-2012 18:57 #67
I am hating how all the threads lately seem to end up as a debate about who has it harder or easier or right or wrong..
I think that the real reason the government is so keen to have working mothers back is because the government benefits so much!
For each working mother who returns to work they are gaining a fully trained person (so no HECS/HELP or other government funded training), a taxpayer, less to payout for FTB, any childcare worker the mother has to rely on also has to pay tax, they get super payments so less pension reliance, higher chance of private health cover instead of Medicare, etc. It makes better financial sense for that person to return to work rather than a person (like me) who has been out of full time employment for 6 years raising children and will be put for another 3 years at least.
Making it about what is best for children is not what the government cares about.
For the record I am a SAHM, student and casual employee and it is just not worth it for me to return to work.. I would make about $50 per week after working 40 hours and paying for 2 kids in Childcare..
27-03-2012 18:57 #68
I think this is equally as important as Paid Parental Leave. If there was some sort of assistance for job re-training that would demonstrate that our government considers "SAHPs" at valuable as parents who return to work.
A few people have mentioned the Family Tax Benefit. My understanding is that the FTB part B is to compensate for the fact that a family with only one income loses a tax-free threshold on the second income (because there is none). I may be wrong, but that's my understanding. (FTB part A is to help families with the cost of raising children, which is why it is available regardless of how many incomes.) Two thoughts on this:
1) If income tax was based on a 'household' rather than on individuals, and the tax-free threshold was adjusted according to number of adults and children in the household then we could scrap the whole family tax benefit system.
2) FTB part B is reduced considerably once your youngest child reaches school age. I think this sends a message that staying home without young children to care for is frowned upon.
27-03-2012 20:01 #69
now I know $500 doesn't sound like a lot but this was 15 years ago and it was a very good wage back them. god I sound old.
27-03-2012 21:41 #70
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