SNAICC has developed a new factsheet that examines the anticipated impact of The Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015 on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and takes a look at the research-based recommendations outlined in SNAICC’s submission to the Senate Committee.
Released in conjunction and supported by significant research from Deloitte Access Economics, SNAICC’s submission contains 20 recommendations to redress the imbalance of the Package and ultimately result in fairer outcomes for our most vulnerable children.
The three-page factsheet provides an introduction to the Package in its current state, the research conducted by Deloitte Access Economics (in conjunction with early childhood education and care services from across the country) investigating the impact the package will have on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families, and recommendations from the SNAICC submission that look to address concerning aspects of the Package.
The Jobs for Families Child Care Package has been introduced with the stated intention to create a ‘more affordable, more flexible, and more accessible child care system.’
However, analysis by Deloitte Access Economics and SNAICC reveals that the package, in its current form, may operate contrary to its stated policy objectives. Without substantial long-term funding access to and affordability of critical early years services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families will be threatened.