QLD Parents Fork Out $17 Million Out Of Pocket For Charges On Public Holidays In Childcare

By January 18, 2019

In QLD, alone new data has revealed in 2018 that Parents and taxpayers paid $378 million for childcare services they never received.

Most phantom services fall on public holidays (9 per year), where parents paid $17 million out of pocket and taxpayers covered the other $25 million through government subsidies and rebates.

Even though childcare services remain closed on public holidays, Paul Mondo of Australian Childcare AAlliancesaid that "that providers still need to pay rents and workers when centres are closed on public holidays".

John Cherry spokesman of Good Start Early learning agreed "The costs of running childcare centres do not stop on a public holiday as our educators need to be paid, around 80 per cent of whom are permanent employees,” he told The Courier-Mail.

Education Minister Dan Tehan said that while the government couldn’t influence centre fee structures, they tried to help families with the burden of paying for unused days.

"Not all childcare providers charge fees on public holidays, but to help families with expenses, where centres are closed on public holidays, the federal government allows families to receive the child care subsidy,” he said.

For families putting children in partime, give them the option of making Monday the child's day off so they don't end up paying for days they don't use.

Reference:
"Families Paid $135m For “Phantom Services” At Childcare Centres Last Year", Kidspot, 17 January 2019

Last modified on Friday, 18 January 2019 23:08