Budget reaction comment from Jay Weatherill, Director of Thrive by Five
25 October 2022: “Families with young children are among the big winners from tonight’s budget.
“Progress toward better outcomes for Australian children and families has begun with the budget delivering an increase to the child care subsidy and a phased increase in paid parental leave, providing six months per couple and assessing combined incomes to test eligibility.
“The early childhood education and care reforms in the budget will fuel better child development, improve the wellbeing of families, boost workforce participation and the economy.
“Early learning reforms will have a real, lasting impact on millions of Australian children and families, while boosting workforce participation and the economy.
“Reform of our early learning system has begun. Thrive by Five urges the Federal Government to now work with state governments to accelerate this crucial reform by better valuing the early years workforce, removing the activity test and restoring funding for Aboriginal-led children and family centres.”