Minister for Regionalisation, Regional Communications and Regional Education Bridget McKenzie today announced the allocation of an additional $2,778,907 to support vital child care services in Indi and help meet the needs of local families.
The Nationals Senate Leader and Victorian Senator said over a dozen services will receive funding through the Liberal and National Government’s Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) which helps improve access to child care and increase workforce participation in remote, regional and disadvantaged communities.
“This funding will help local child care providers services improve access to quality care, particularly in more remote parts of North East Victoria,” Minister McKenzie said.
“It will be good for our local kids, good for our hard-working families and ultimately for our community. It will also have a positive economic benefit by allowing more local parents to get back into work or to take on additional hours if they choose.”
“The funds will support services in areas such as Benalla, Tawonga, Mount Beauty, and Wangaratta that may be need support to keep operating, or to fund capital projects to improve services and increase the number of places available.”
“This means more families in North East Victoria can take advantage of our Child Care Subsidy if they choose to work, learn or volunteer.”
Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said more than 640 child care services around Australia would share in more than $100 million through the program.
“We are committed to giving every Australian family access to quality child care, regardless of where they live or their circumstances,” Minister Tudge said.
“In some remote areas, there may only be one or two child care services operating and it is critical we keep these open and help improve and expand facilities so more kids can attend.”
“This program also helps services to run initiatives that reduce barriers which may otherwise prevent local kids from accessing care. Including today’s announcement, the Government has allocated more than $220 million to over 1,000 child care services through the Community Child Care Fund since 2018.”
The Liberal and Nationals Government is investing around $10 billion in child care this year to support around 1 million families. Our Budget delivered further support to reduce the out of pocket costs for parents with multiple children aged under six in care and a commitment to a $2 billion preschool funding agreement for access to early learning for all children in the year before school.
More information on the Community Child Care Fund can be found on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.