Cheaper and More Accessible Childcare
The Government is investing $100 million to boost preschool education and provide cost of living relief.
As part of this package, $64 million will go toward fee relief over the next two years to provide $500 in fee relief per child, per year for parents of three-year-olds in long day care preschool programs.
$20 million will support the Flexible Initiatives Trial to expand access to early childhood education and care, extend hours, and assist parents re-entering the workforce.
While a further $20 million will be invested in capital funds to support new not-for-profit services in high-growth and regional communities.
Finally, $22 million over five years will go to recruiting and retaining essential early childhood workers.