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Support for Budget Increase in Aged and Early Education – But More Needed for Vulnerable Children and Families.

Community Services # 1 welcomes commitments by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg MP in the 2021-22 federal budget.

Increasing the number of new Home Care Packages by 80,000 to help more Australians to live at home for as long as possible will make a substantial difference not only to the individuals these packages support, but to their families, carers and the broader community.

Amanda Tobler Chief Executive Officer of Community Services#1 said “The Federal Government’s commitment to the Aged Care sector through an increase in the number of hours of support provided for individuals, and investment in quality and safety for all service providers will lead to better quality services for people who need them now and in the future.”

Further to this, Community Services#1 supports the Government’s announcement of $2.3 billion to support Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Only through greater investment and understanding of people with, or at risk of, mental ill-health can we build a community that supports and enables people to reach their potential in life, have purpose and meaning, and contribute to the lives of others.

Community Services#1 recently hosted The Hon Josh Frydenberg at one of our Early Education and Care Centres, who on behalf of the Morrison Government announced further investment of  $1.7 billion into early education and care.

Community Services#1 welcomes the investment that will support better options for women on workforce participation and ongoing early education opportunities for children.

Ms Tobler said” We are very pleased that the cap of $10,560 will be removed as this in particular impacts children’s education and continuity of learning, it’s a positive step in the right direction. While these measures are addressing the needs of families it is important to note that to benefit from this commitment, families will need to have more than one child aged 5 years or under in care and earn more than $180 000 per annum.”

“We encourage the Morrison Government to look further into supporting low income families and families with vulnerable children to access high quality early education and care. Investment into recruiting, training and retaining the workforce to support the anticipated increase in demand for places in childcare centres is also a key issue currently impacting the sector.”

More information about Community Services# 1 can be found at our website: www.communityservices1.org

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