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Universal free childcare

Childcare is an essential service. Every working parent needs to know that someone they can trust is looking after their kids. Having access to high-quality childcare can make it so much easier to raise a family.

But Australia’s privatised childcare system is failing too many people. Day care for the average Australian family costs around $6000 a year, a huge chunk of disposable income. One in three families spend more on childcare than they do on groceries, making it unaffordable for hundreds of thousands of people across the country.

The high cost of childcare affects every aspect of people’s lives. It means you might not be able to work as many hours as you’d like to work, or have as many kids as you’d like to have. It impacts careers and creates a gendered wage gap, making it more likely for women to drop out of the workforce.

But there’s a solution. In the balance of power, the Greens will push to create universal access to free, high-quality childcare for everyone.

The Greens will:

  • Introduce free childcare for all Australian families
  • Scrap the restrictive income-testing system
  • Give every family 24 hours free childcare for each child in the family
  • Ensure good pay and conditions for childcare workers

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