Our Plan

Issue 13

Supporting Families

MORE JOBS

The most important way the Government can support families is putting in place policies that create a stronger economy with more jobs.

After four years of Coalition Government, there are 997,800 more Australians in jobs.

In 2017, employment increased by 403,100, with 75 percent of these jobs full time jobs. More jobs were created in 2017 than in any calendar year on record.

There has now been 17 consecutive months of jobs growth. This is the longest consecutive run of jobs growth on record.

The Australian economy is creating, on average, more than 1,100 new jobs a day.

The new jobs created in this last year represent nearly five times the jobs growth in the last year of the previous Labor Government.

We are working to build a stronger economy, with more jobs, by: backing small business; record investment in infrastructure; making energy more affordable and reliable; fixing the Budget; tackling union lawlessness; boosting exports; welfare to work measures; and backing ideas and innovation.

ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE

Affordable and accessible child care is critical to supporting parents who are balancing work and family responsibilities.

The Coalition Government has made the most significant reforms to the system in 40 years. Our New Child Care Package is unashamedly targeted at supporting parents who access child care to work or work more, train, study or volunteer.

From July 2018, we will remove the $7,613 annual rebate cap for families on incomes up to around $185,000 - that’s 85 percent of families using child care. Families earning more than around $185,000 will also benefit from an increased cap of $10,000.

We’re increasing the Child Care Subsidy from around 72% to 85% for more than 370,000 families earning around $65,000 or less. The Child Care Subsidy will then taper down to 20 percent for families on $340,000 and cut out after $350,000.

Almost one million families will benefit. For example:

  • A family on $50,000 - both parents or a single parent working, with two children under 6 in long day care three days a week at $100 a day - will be more than $3,000 a year better off.
  • A family on $80,000 - both parents or a single parent working full time, with two children under 6 in long day care five days a week at $100 a day - will be over $8,000 a year better off.
  • A family on $94,000 - both parents or a single parent working, with two children under 6 in long day care two days a week at $100 a day - will be around $1,500 a year better off.
  • A family on $150,000 - both parents or a single parent working, with two children under 6 in long day care three days a week at $100 a day - will be around $1,000 a year better off.
  • (Families can see how they will benefit at www.education.gov.au/eccc.)

It is estimated that the package will encourage more than 230,000 families to increase their workforce participation.

Our $1.2 billion Child Care Safety Net recognises that vulnerable children and families need extra support.

MORE AFFORDABLE, RELIABLE ELECTRICITY

By ending subsidies, creating a level playing field, providing certainty for investors and reducing volatility (by ensuring reliable energy sources which provide power when it’s needed), our new National Energy Guarantee will cut prices.

Our National Energy Guarantee will result in lower residential bills of around $120 a year over a decade.

This is in stark contrast to Labor’s plan to replicate South Australia’s 50% renewable target, which will mean more subsidies and, therefore, higher prices.

REDUCING TAXES

We’ve cut company taxes for 3.2 million small businesses and reduced income taxes for 500,000 middle income Australians. We will fight Labor’s plan for $150 billion in new and increased taxes – on pay packets, homes, electricity and enterprise.

REDUCING CONGESTION

The Coalition Government’s $75 billion roads, rail and airport plan will relieve congestion, grow our regions and make life easier for Australians.

We are investing in major highway upgrades, congestion busting roads, better local roads and important public transport rail projects to reduce travel times and improve safety.

INVESTING IN SCHOOLS

The Coalition Government is investing an extra $23.5 billion in schools over the next decade.

Funding per student, on average, is increasing by 50 percent over a decade.

To see what long term funding is being provided to your local school, go here: www.education.gov.au/school-funding-estimator

We have replaced 27 secret funding deals with a single, needs based national model of schools funding to ensure every student will now receive funding based on need.

BETTER HEALTH CARE

Our Medicare Guarantee Act has guaranteed Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme with legislation. It has also established the Medicare Guarantee Fund to ensure funding.

Federal funding for public hospital services under the Coalition has increased from $13.8 billion in 2013-14 to a record $22.7 billion in 2020-21 (a 64 percent increase). This means more funding for hospital services, doctors and nurses.

Under the Coalition more Australians are seeing their doctor without having to pay.

Comparing last year (2016-17) with Labor’s last year in government, there were 21.6 million more bulk-billed GP visits and 1.9 million more bulk-billed specialist visits.

For the 13 million Australians who rely on private health insurance, we have taken steps to make private health insurance more affordable. We are also requiring private insurers to categorise products as: gold; silver; bronze; basic, and use standardised definitions to make it clear what’s covered and what isn’t.

From 2018, all 12 and 13-year-old girls and boys will have free access to the Gardasil 9 Vaccine, to protect them from the HPV virus and cervical and other cancers.

Our No Jab, No Pay policy is protecting children from preventable diseases. Around 210,000 extra children were vaccinated in its first year.

To tackle the scourge of Ice and other drugs, the Coalition Government has committed more than $685 million over four years to reduce the impact of drug and alcohol misuse.

Information current as at March 2018