Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the Federal Government recognised many families struggled to access affordable childcare services, particularly those living in regional areas or for parents who worked shift or irregular hours. He said the Government�s $246 million pilot program would extend subsidy support to nanny home-care services.
�I have spoken with a number of families in Pearce who are struggling with child care due to the regional location in which they live or the shift rotations in which they work,� Mr Porter said.
�Nurses, police officers, ambulance officers, firefighters, and other shift workers, are just a handful of people often required to work irregular hours outside of normal child care hours.�
Mr Porter said families in Northam, Toodyay, York and Gingin and Chittering who found it difficult to access appropriate care needs for their families, could benefit from the new program.
�Providing alternative, workable solutions to ensure all families are able to access affordable child care services is a key focus of the Government,� he said.
Mr Porter said the two-year interim Home-Based Carer Subsidy Program represented the first change to the Government�s new child care package, which will ensure the system is more accessible, flexible and affordable.
He said the pilot program would start in January 2016.
�It will determine whether a sustainable program can affordably be put in place for in-home care nanny services in the longer term,� he said.
�Government assistance will be provided to parents through an hourly subsidy to be paid per child towards the cost of using a nanny.�
Families will be able to apply to be part of the interim program in the second half of 2015, once program guidelines have been released by the Department of Social Services on www.dss.gov.au.