Who is left behind under the new child care subsidy?

Australian families are increasingly replying on childcare but a change in policy may leave those who need it most locked out

The latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey reveals Australians are using more formal childcare than ever before. For families with a child under the age of four, the use of formal childcare has increased by 18 per cent over the last fourteen years.
Federal childcare policy has focused strongly on increasing childcare use for two reasons: “[lifting] women’s workforce participation and national productivity”, and more recently, “increasing equity through children’s exposure to high quality [childcare]”.