Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

300 flexible child care places in Qld

Queensland families are to benefit from more flexible, quality child care with funding of more than $369,000 for 300 new in-home care places.

Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony said this funding is the latest demonstration of the Coalition Government’s commitment to providing affordable, accessible child care to all Australian families.

“In-home child care helps families living in rural areas, parents working shiftwork or unusual hours and those with a sick child who are unable to use a traditional child care service.

“12 services in major metropolitan areas including Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast and also regional centres such as Roma, Goondiwindi and Longreach have been funded to provide flexible child care for Queensland families.

“More than 7,700 in-home care places will be established nationally over four years at a cost of almost $50 million.

“This initiative is another vital element of the Coalition Government’s
$240 million Stronger Families and Communities Strategy and one that will make a real difference to the lives of many Queensland families,” Mr Anthony said.

Families using Commonwealth approved in-home care services will be able to claim Child Care Benefit to assist with the cost of care.

For more information about child care, families can call the Commonwealth Government’s national Child Care Hotline on 1800 670 305.