Nanny rebates aren’t about helping the rich

Nannies are no longer for the rich and famous. Most work now for average Australian families, many of whom do shift work and don’t fit into the regular childcare system. Melbourne nanny Tracey McDermott said Australia was a “24hr-a-day, seven day a week society” and everyone would benefit from subsidies for nannies as an alternative…

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Nanny rebate battle stepped up

THE newly incorporated Australian Nanny Association will meet Childcare Minister Kate Ellis’s advisers next month to push its case for taxpayer subsidies and warn the government that the family daycare model will not solve the nation’s childcare woes. The news comes after Ms Ellis this week said expanding family daycare would solve the flexibility problems…

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Government ‘losing tax opportunities’

Government ‘losing tax opportunities’ THE federal budget stands to gain from allowing families to claim childcare benefits for their nannies as it will force the system to become regulated and employees working underground will start paying taxes. In its budget submission ahead of the May budget, the Australian Nanny Association argues that the government “is…

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Flexible childcare needs a rethink, say Nannies

The Australian Nanny Association (ANA) has called for the strict criteria for those seeking government-funded in home care to be relaxed, in order to allow a broader range of families to access non-centre based childcare. The ANA made the call to Women’s Agenda after the Labor government yesterday released the names of the recipients of…

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Child care: The role for Nannies (Podcast)

Should Nannies be part of the childcare system? Tony Abbot’s said recently he would offer the childcare rebate for nannies if elected. How are nannies trained and what would be the benefits of this proposal? Tony Arthur discussed this with Louise Dunham, who is Managing Director of Placement Solutions & a Committee Member of the…

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Labor acts on rebate call for nannies

THE Gillard government has for the first time opened the door to taxpayer-funded nannies, declaring the commonwealth was prepared to work with the states to regulate the industry as it had done for the family daycare sector. After Tony Abbott pledged to request a Productivity Commission inquiry into extending the childcare rebate to nannies, the…

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Nannies back Labor’s move toward regulation

THE Australian Nanny Association says it is relieved to finally be acknowledged as a legitimate form of childcare and wants to join the government-funded in-home care program. ANA us co-president Tracey McDermott said the organisation was keen to “work towards putting in place minimum national standards and guidelines for nannies and agencies”. “We feel that…

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