No surprises in 2017 Federal Budget
Parents with toddlers can breathe a sigh of relief after Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered his 2017 Federal Budget last night.
Working parents with toddlers will receive a big boost to childcare rebates from next year. There was also some good news for all families – with funding for 15 hours a week of preschool, or 600 hours per year, extended by 12 months.
While Goodstart Early Learning advocacy manager John Cherry welcomed the extension he said a longer term commitment was needed.
Mr Cherry said access to early learning made a huge difference to children’s later learning performance, with disadvantaged children benefiting the most.
“The best and most cost effective way of improving the school performance of disadvantaged children is to invest in earlier access to quality early learning,” Mr Cherry said.
“The one year extension of preschool funding is welcome, but a longer term funding model is desperately needed.”
Another positive for parents was that changes to reduce Paid Parental Leave were not mentioned, and are therefore off the table, so the same entitlements apply.
The cost of seeing a doctor could fall and the price of some medicines could drop with the Medicare freeze ending when the rebate for a doctor will rise by about 50 cents per visit. Families eligible for the Child Dental Scheme will get an extra $300 to spend on detail care every two years.
However, the Medicare levy will be increased by 0.5 per cent from July 1 2019 to fund the NDIS. Some workers will pay more. Family Tax Benefit A will be reduced by about $28 per fortnight for each child who hasn’t been immunised.