Tag Archives: childcare

Men and women need workplace flexibility to care for children

This article from the Sydney Morning Herald makes the point that for there to be equality in the workplace and at home both men and women need workplace flexibility to care for children.  To not do so is to assign women only to the role of child carer.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/workplaces-havent-kept-up-with-contemporary-fatherhood-study-shows-20141112-11l34s.html

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Parents losing up to 60pc of income when they return to work, as childcare costs soar: report

‘Research by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) and AMP says mothers on minimum wage may only keep a fraction of their earnings, with some effectively working for just $3.50 an hour.’

Whilst paying for child care is the responsibility of  both parents as a result of the gender pay gap and societal expectations of women taking on caring roles it is often the women who doesn’t return to work if child care is considered too expensive. This has a negative impact on the women’s life long earning capacity  and ability to maintain a successful and fulfilling career. Both factors that see women more vulnerable to poverty.

To read more about this issue click links below

ABC News article: ‘Parents losing up to 60pc of income when they return to work as child care costs soar ‘ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-22/parents-losing-up-to-60pc-of-income-after-returning-to-work/5541598

Women’s Agenda:  Should mum or dad pay for childcare? http://www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/editor-s-agenda/should-mum-or-dad-pay-for-childcare/201406224207#.U6-rr_mSxpF

See where the major parties stack up according to the Work + Family Policy Roundtable

The Work  + Family Policy Round table  rates the major parties against the Work Care and Family Policy election Benchmarks s issued in March 2013.

http://www.workandfamilypolicyroundtable.org/news/election-evaluation-august-2013

Make your vote count: Responses now in from Labor, Liberals and the Greens

The Australian Labor Party, the Liberals and the Greens have now all  provided their  response to our questions. Click links to see their responses A Fair Deal for Women ALP response   A Fair Deal for Women_response_23.8.13Greens   2013 Coalition Response – A Fair Deal for Women

A Fair Deal For Women has asked  the major political parties what policies they propose to tackle on a range of vital issues for women’s economic and employment security. Our main areas of concern relate to:

  • Support for women to obtain and keep decent jobs
  • Access to quality education and training
  • Improvements to income support especially for unemployed people and sole parents
  • Measures to improve the gender pay gap
  • Review of marginal tax rates to increase women’s labour force participation
  • Measures to improve women’s superannuation in retirement
  • Collection of data disaggregated by gender and impact assessments of policies on women
  • Comprehensive review of child care

 

Make your vote count: Responses from the major political parties regarding women & economic security issues

Updated 25 August 2013. Response from Greens. See below for more detail.

 

A Fair Deal For Women has asked  the major political parties what policies they propose to tackle on a range of vital issues for women’s economic and employment security. Our main areas of concern relate to:

  • Support for women to obtain and keep decent jobs
  • Access to quality education and training
  • Improvements to income support especially for unemployed people and sole parents
  • Measures to improve the gender pay gap
  • Review of marginal tax rates to increase women’s labour force participation
  • Measures to improve women’s superannuation in retirement
  • Collection of data disaggregated by gender and impact assessments of policies on women
  • Comprehensive review of child care

The Australian Labor Party  and the Greens have provided its response to our questions. Click link to see their responses A Fair Deal for Women ALP response   A Fair Deal for Women_response_23.8.13Greens

To date no response has been received from the Liberal Party but we will post their response on our website and Facebook page when and if they make a response.

Women’s Agenda article: Minister for Early Childhood and Childcare, Kate Ellis about affordability and accessibility of childcare.

Georgina Dent speaks to Minister for Early Childhood and Childcare, Kate Ellis about affordability and accessibility of childcare.

What’s choice got to do with it? Women’s financial disadvantage is not a choice says new report

The financial disadvantage Australian women will face in retirement has nothing to do with whether they have a family, according to new research by The Australia Institute.
The paper What’s choice got to do with it? found that women retire with substantially less savings than men, even if they don’t have children or care for elderly parents and stay in full time work.

To down load this interesting report click the link below.

https://www.tai.org.au/index.php?q=node%2F19&pubid=1199&act=display