Access to child care

May 12, 2015

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view? 

Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
All Australian children should have access to childcare and early learning 55% 59% 50% 77% 48% 51% 60% 66% 53% 46%
Childcare and early learning should be dependent on whether both parents meet government tests on being in work or actively looking for work 34% 31% 43% 20% 36% 38% 31% 24% 35% 45%
Don’t know 11% 10% 8% 3% 16% 11% 10% 10% 12% 9%

 

55% are more likely to agree that all Australian children should have access to childcare and early learning and 34% are more likely to agree that child care and early learning should be dependent on whether both parents meet government tests on being in work or actively looking for work.

Those most likely to agree that all Australian children should have access to childcare and early learning were women (60%), aged 18-34 (66%) and with children in the household (62%).

Childcare proposals

Jul 29, 2014

Q. Thinking about Government assistance for childcare, do you support or oppose the following proposals? 

 

Total support

Total oppose

 

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

Investment to create more childcare places

72%

13%

17%

55%

9%

4%

16%

Means testing of the childcare rebate

71%

14%

31%

40%

10%

4%

15%

Greater government subsidies to reduce the cost of childcare

57%

25%

16%

41%

17%

8%

18%

Childcare rebate extended to include nannies

46%

35%

12%

34%

22%

13%

19%

A substantial majority supported investment to create more childcare places (72%) and means testing of the childcare rebate (71%). A majority supported Greater government subsidies to reduce the cost of childcare (57%) while they were somewhat more divided over childcare rebate extended to include nannies (46% support/35% oppose).

For those aged 25-44, support was a little higher for greater Government subsidies (61%), investment to create more places (76%) and extending the rebate to nannies (51%) but lower for means testing the rebate (65%).

Childcare Rebate for Nannies

Apr 10, 2012

Q. Tony Abbott has said that if he became Prime Minister he would ask the Productivity Commission to look into extending the childcare rebate to childcare provided by nannies. Would you support or oppose the Government paying a childcare rebate for nannies?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

44%

33%

57%

33%

Total oppose

33%

49%

24%

44%

Strongly support

12%

9%

17%

10%

Support

32%

24%

40%

23%

Oppose

20%

27%

18%

20%

Strongly oppose

13%

22%

6%

24%

No opinion

22%

18%

19%

23%

44% support the Government paying a childcare rebate for nannies and 33% oppose. 49% of Labor voters and 44% of Greens voters are opposed but 57% of Liberal/National voters support the measure.

Support is higher among younger respondents – those aged under 45 split 53% support/24% oppose and those aged 45+ split 36% support/44% oppose.

48% of those on income under $600pw oppose and 32% support, but all higher income groups are more likely to support.

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Childcare Rebate

Apr 27, 2011

Q. The Federal Government currently pays parents 50 per cent of money they spend on childcare via its childcare rebate. Which of the following policies would you support most?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Maintaining the child care rebate at current levels 22% 23% 23% 25% 21% 22% 33% 18% 14%
Limiting the rebate to families earning less than $150,000 per annum 42% 46% 41% 44% 42% 42% 38% 42% 47%
Scrapping the rebate and paying the money directly to child care providers to contain costs and improve services 21% 25% 18% 18% 25% 18% 12% 24% 26%
Don’t know 15% 13% 11% 14% 12% 18% 17% 16% 12%

Only 22% favour maintaining the child care rebate at current levels – 42% think it should be means tested and 21% think it should be scrapped and the money paid directly to child care providers. There were no significant differences by voting intention.

Those aged 18-34 were more likely to support maintaining the rebate at current levels (33%) as were people earning over $1,600 pw (31%).  Limiting the rebate to families earning less than $150,000 was supported by 55% of people earning $1,000-$1,600 pw.

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