Labor is funding a pay rise for child care workers of 15 per cent, which means between $3 and $5.20 more per hour for workers.
This means the people who do one of the most important jobs in our community – looking after our children – will be earn up to an extra $198 a week.
The increase means child care workers will be able to afford to stay in their jobs, offering children the stability they need during their early development.
That’s vital because skilled child care workers have been leaving the sector for work which requires less training but pays more than the $18.58 an hour child care workers have been struggling to survive on.
The pay rise comes at no cost to child care providers and parents will not see any additional fees as a result.
See what Nadia, a working parent who relies on child care, thinks of the pay rise.