Dear Prime Minister,
We are calling on your Government to remove the Child Care Subsidy activity test from the Federal Budget due to be handed down by the Treasurer next week.
At least 126,000 Australian children, including many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, miss out on early childhood education because of the activity test.
It creates a dilemma for parents: you can’t find a job without childcare, and you can’t afford childcare without a job.
The activity test denies 40,000 Australian parents, who are mostly women and more than half of them single parents, the opportunity to join the workforce. This reduces Australia’s GDP by $4.5 billion and denies our children the lifelong benefits of early learning.
Australia cannot have a truly universal early learning system unless the activity test is abolished.