Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Child-Care Fees Keep Mums out of Work

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Child-Care Fees Keep Mums out of Work

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THE cost and complexity of child care have been identified as barriers to mothers returning to work and will be the target of calls for more government support at next week's tax summit in Canberra.

A new report says child care is the biggest obstacle for women returning to work, while a group representing women in senior executive positions says the cost of care should be a tax-deductible work expense.

A report released this week by two groups a the Equality Rights Alliance and the National Foundation for Australian Women a included the finding that, in relation to income, women saw child care as athe most significant barrier to increased workforce participationa.

Helen Hodgson, a senior lecturer in the School of Taxation and Business Law at the University of New South Wales and co-author of the Women's Voices report, said dramatic simplification of the childcare system was needed.

Under the non-means-tested child care rebate, the federal government refunds half the cost of child care up to a maximum of $7500 a year but Ms Hodgson, who also prepared the NFAW submission to the two-day tax summit, said the cap should be increased or scrapped. …

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