Shutting down dodgy child care

Media Release
  • Minister for Education

Dodgy child care providers rorting or misusing Australia’s family day care system are being cut off from receiving Government subsidies.

There have been 155 sanctions and suspensions imposed on 144 child care providers in the nine months to September 2018.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Morrison Government was taking action to stamp out fraud in the child care sector.

"Our Government’s crackdown on fraud and non-compliance in the child care sector has stopped around $2.8 billion of taxpayers’ money being ripped off," Mr Tehan said.

"The majority of providers do the right thing and have nothing to worry about but if someone seeks to rort the system our Government will take action.

"Only the Morrison Government is keeping the economy strong by ensuring every single dollar being spent goes on the services and subsidies that support Australians.

"We have closed loopholes, stepped up inspections and are working more closely with security agencies to protect the integrity of the child care system.

"Our child care reforms are making child care more affordable for Australian families, as the recent CPI data revealed there has been an almost 12 per cent drop in out of pocket child care costs to families."

Since 1 January 2014, 27 people have been charged with criminal offences for child care fraud and of those, 19 have been found guilty.

The Register is available at http://www.education.gov.au/child-care-enforcement-action-register

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