Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta today said the 2015 Budget delivers a $4.4 billion Jobs for Families package to give parents more choice and opportunity to work.

“The 2015 Budget delivers on the Government’s commitment to support families by making child care simpler, more affordable, more flexible, and more accessible,” Mr Vasta said.

“We know families are faced with costs when parents want to return to the workforce. This package gives families greater choice.”

“Having two parents in paid employment has become a necessity for most families because of changes that have taken place in our society and economy over many years. All mothers work hard, and many are also in paid employment.”

“The Government will invest an additional $3.5 billion over five years reforming child care assistance to establish a new and simpler Child Care Subsidy from 1 July 2017.”

“The Child Care Subsidy will provide assistance to meet the cost of child care for parents who are working, looking for work, training, studying or undertaking any other recognised activity such as volunteering.”

“Families using child care in 2017 on family incomes of between $65,000 and $170,000 will be around $30 a week better off. Those on higher incomes will, on average, will continue to receive the same level of support.”

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