[Guide] The Australian Productivity Commission (TheProductivityCommission) released a report on Tuesday (28th) showing that in the past year, the rate of increase in the cost of childcare services was almost twice that of inflation. Parents need to pay approximately A$364 per week.
According to ANZ news, the 2014 Government Services Report of the Productivity Commission showed that 2013 million children received childcare services in the first quarter of 103, an increase of more than 6.3% over the same period last year.
On a national scale, the median price of day care in childcare centers rose by an average of 50% to 5 Australian dollars on a 364-hour week basis. The largest increases were in Western Australia, the Capital Administrative Region and the Northern Administrative Region.
Among them, the cost of day care for children in the Capital Administrative Region is the most expensive in the country, with an average of 442 Australian dollars per week. The cost is more than 78 Australian dollars than the national average, 50 Australian dollars more expensive than New Zealand, and 113 Australian dollars higher than Queensland.
After the subsidy, Canberra families need to spend about 20% of their disposable income on childcare services every week.
For a family day care of 50 hours per week, the cost also rose by 3% to A$339. The largest surge was in the capital administrative region and the northern administrative region. The Capital Administrative Region also has the highest cost in this service in the country. In the past 5 years, the largest increase in expenses was in Tasmania. Full-day care costs jumped 22%, and family day care soared 32%. The report shows that the cost of childcare in major cities and regional centers is more expensive than in other regions. In addition, the report also shows that in the 18 months since the implementation of the new national framework, less than one-fifth of childcare centers nationwide have passed the quality rating.
As of June 2013, 6, more than half of the childcare centers participating in the rating met or exceeded national standards. But 30% of childcare centers still need to work toward these standards. It is reported that the new national framework includes minimum qualification requirements for employees.
In 2013, more than four-fifths of childcare service staff in the country had formal education or had 3 or more years of work experience. This is an improvement compared to 3. The childcare centers in Victoria and Tasmania have the highest percentages of employees meeting these standards; New York and South Australia follow closely behind. The capital administrative region with the most expensive childcare services has the lowest proportion of qualified staff, at just over three-fifths. According to Katy Gallagher, the head of the Capital Administrative Region, the cost of children in Canberra is related to demand. "Calculated on a per capita basis, we do see that in the capital administrative region, the demand for childcare services may be higher than in other regions because we have a high proportion of women involved in the work." She said. Gallagher said that the capital administrative region government cannot do anything about the cost of childcare. Statistics show that in the capital administrative region, more than 2012% of children need to join childcare centers or preschools.
Source: The Epoch Times