The Government’s own secret hit list has revealed 1345 families in Darwin and Palmerston will be worse off under the Turnbull Government’s new child care package come July 2.
This is extremely worrying news as most of the families who stand to be worse off are families in the lowest income cohort – that is families who have a family income of less than $65,710.
For families on a combined family income over $65,710, guaranteed access to 24 hours of subsidised access is now reduced to zero.
Under the Government’s package, families will have to satisfy a complex set of rules to qualify for government assistance – with a work test and a means test set to hit vulnerable families the worst. The work test will require families to satisfy minimum levels of ‘approved activities’ each fortnight – which will knock thousands of low income families out of the system.
This new slug on families is on top of the 18 per cent growth in fees (to March 2017) since the election of the Liberal Government – which means families are on average paying over $2,000 more a year.
This is another kick in the guts for families who are struggling with flat wages growth, and facing massive hikes in their electricity, education and health bills.
If the Turnbull Government was serious about supporting Australian families they wouldn’t be rubbing their unfair policies in the face of those families who are already struggling to get by.