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Millionaire Private Childcare Owners - Labor Proposes Transparency Plan and Sector Reforms

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Federal Election: Labor Childcare Reforms 2022

It has been noticed that Australian childcare owners make their names highlighted in the millionaire rich lists by their private early learning centres.

In this context, Early Childhood Education Minister of the Labor party Rishworth said Labor has proposed a transparency plan which would include requiring all centres to publish fees and profits on a government website in a timely manner. She said, “There is a lack of transparency. At the moment there’s a website but fees are not put up in a timely fashion. We don’t know how much profit some of these centres are making,”

She intended to say that it was a big mistake to open the market for private operation. She hinted by the following line “The market is what it is now. What we’ve got is a mixed market”. 

Early Childhood Education Minister of the Labor party informed that the party’s childcare reforms will improve Australia’s international educational rankings. The Labor’s Early Childhood Education minister also said that the proposed subsidy would not be tested.

It has been reported that in Perth Amanda Rishworth said ABS CPI figures show in the year to March, average Perth childcare costs soared 7.9 per cent which is equal to an average of $740 of extra out-of-pocket costs per year. She said, “The subsidy offered to families isn’t keeping up. Government support is just absolutely not keeping up,”. She also expressed her view that Australia needs a greater reform of childcare. At the same time, she said it would be possible if Labor Government has been elected under leader Anthony Albanese because only Labor Government will give the reform of the childcare section a long-term priority.

She said, “We do need greater reform,” and “In the long term, we are looking at a pretty revolutionary change and that is driving a 90 per cent subsidy, a universal subsidy for families.”

Ms Rishworth also said that the policy could improve educational and health indicators when asked about the potential impact on Australia’s falling Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rank.

It has been noted that Australia’s PISA results have been ranked down over the last 20 years. In reading it has been dropped to 16th number ranking from number 4 and in science the ranking of 8th has been dropped to ranking number 17. These are not all, in Math, from 11 number ranking, it has come down to 29th. PISA tests show that 15-year-old students in dozens of countries apply reading, science, maths, and other skills to real-life problems.

Ms Rishworth said. “We think investment into the early years does drive improvement. The impact will be driving improvements and all those indicators,” and “There’s different modelling done about what investment means in terms of those education indicators.

She continued by saying, “Research that the Mitchell Institute has recently done (shows) that it drives improvement in those educational outcomes — so we believe this investment is the right investment.”

She said that the Labor’s policy is to give support by providing cost and by executing long-term plans to reform the child education and care sector. She said in short term, the labor party will invest extra $5.4 billion dollars into the system and that will also be done by the first of July, 2023. She also said the Labor party will give a task to ACCC to work on the cost drivers and how to develop a price regulation mechanism. “Finally, we are going to, of course, look at how we move to a universal subsidy system in our first term,” she said.

It has been noticed that Australian childcare owners make their names highlighted in the millionaire rich lists by their private early learning centres. In this context, Ms Rishworth said Labor has proposed a transparency plan which would include requiring all centres to publish fees and profits on a government website in a timely manner. She said, “There is a lack of transparency. At the moment there’s a website but fees are not put up in a timely fashion. We don’t know how much profit some of these centres are making,”

She intended to say that it was a big mistake to open the market for private operation. She hinted by the following line “The market is what it is now. What we’ve got is a mixed market”.

Ms Rishworth was in Swan, which is a very active and hotly contested place, and she has a plan to visit fringe marginal divisions of Hasluck and Pearce also. “It seems like there’s good momentum here in Western Australia for Labor,” she said.

It also has been reported that Labor has pledged to provide over 1000 new jobs, also pledged to boost the teaching by investing a $146.5 million dollar in the child-care sector. They have also pleaded to fix the staff shortage issues and to improve student results.

Reference: 
Labor Wants To Reform Childcare To Improve International Educational Standards

Last modified on Monday, May 16, 2022
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