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MoneyMums say childcare fees forcing them out of workforce

16:16  15 may  2019
16:16  15 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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© A Current Affair High childcare fees have been blamed for forcing mums out of the workforce . "My husband and I sat down and worked out going to work Eighty per cent of mums say universal free childcare would mean they could return to work as they can’t afford to now, according to a

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Australian mums are questioning whether it's even worth returning to work as families drown in childcare fees.

Childcare expenses can devour a huge portion of a working parent's salary.

Mum and blogger Adele Barbaro was faced with the life-changing dilemma when her job went from part-time to full-time.

"Last year I was working four days a week and my children would go to daycare four days a week as well - after the childcare rebates we were out of pocket $35,000," she told A Current Affair.

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High childcare fees have been blamed for forcing mums out of the workforce . "The problem is for a lot of women in Australia, they get to take home very little, and sometimes nothing." A couple with a combined income of 7,000 with two kids in childcare would be just 00 better off if the mother

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Mums say childcare fees forcing them out of workforce © A Current Affair High childcare fees have been blamed for forcing mums out of the workforce. "My husband and I sat down and worked out going to work full-time and putting the children in full-time (childcare) made absolutely no sense whatsoever."

According to John Daley from public think tank The Grattan Institute, if mums work four or five days a week instead of three, childcare, income tax and the withdrawal of benefits whittle away their take-home pay.

The Institute found a woman can lose up to 90 per cent of the extra wage she earns when she works more days.

"The big hurdle is, how much do I get to take home out of my pay, if I work an extra day?" Mr Daley said.

Mums say childcare fees forcing them out of workforce © A Current Affair Adele Barbaro said returning to full-time work would have made no sense after she had children. "The problem is for a lot of women in Australia, they get to take home very little, and sometimes nothing."

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A couple with a combined income of $157,000 with two kids in childcare would be just $5500 better off if the mother worked five days instead of two.

Mum Hannah was working full-time in a job she loved before having a child, but has now embraced part-time working hours.

"I studied for quite a long time to be where I am," she said.

Mums say childcare fees forcing them out of workforce © A Current Affair Grattan Institute data shows mums working full-time lose a lot of their take-home pay to childcare.

"I feel like if I was to take too much time off in the workforce, that would be a negative impact on my career progression."

But she said she wanted her motherhood to be recognised as an equally important role.

After subsidies, families paid on average $74.30 a week for childcare in 2011, $100.50 in 2014, and $110.50 in 2017.

Adele said the subsidies were "fantastic" but that too many childcare centres, particularly privatised ones, simply hiked up their fees to match them.

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Mums say childcare fees forcing them out of workforce © A Current Affair Mum Hannah has embraced working part-time.

She was dumbfounded to find her childcare fees were going up another $7 a day.

"I see the public-listed privatised (childcare centres) reporting millions of millions of dollars every year, but I find it's at the expense of hard-working Aussie families," she said.

"It's quite gut-wrenching."

Labor has pledged cheaper childcare for every working family earning up to $174,000 a year, if elected.

Shadow Education Minister Amanda Rishworth said families with a combined income of $69,000 or below, would "effectively get free childcare".

Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the Coalition had created a great childcare system and was committing $75 million to a skills program to help women get back into the workforce.

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