Childcare moves from social services to education in Turnbull reshuffle
Oct 13, 2015 | News
Childcare has been moved back into the education portfolio as part of Malcolm Turnbull’s reshuffle of Government responsibilities.
In a move broadly welcomed by the sector, early learning shifts from the social services portfolio and is reclassified as an education concern rather than a welfare one.
New education minister Simon Birmingham will now be responsible for delivering the Governments childcare reform package, outlined in the 2015/16 budget, which provides an extra A$3.5 billion over five years for child care assistance.
The package, due to be implemented from 1 July 2017, includes the introduction of a single means-tested child care subsidy to replace the current complex array of assistance programs.
Jo Briskey, executive director of lobby group The Parenthood, said she was “cautiously optimistic” about the change of portfolio.
“In moving childcare back into the education portfolio the Prime Minister has recognised the importance of early learning towards the education development of our children,” She said.
Susan Krieg is the program coordinator of early childhood programs at Flinders University.
Speaking about Early Childhood Education and Care, she told The Conversation: “It’s a positive move to shift ECEC responsibility back to the education portfolio.
“This move signals the importance of learning in the early years, rather than positioning childcare as primarily a welfare or labour market issue.”