Productivity Commission's recommendations for au pairs, nannies and in-home care

The Productivity Commission’s draft report published in July looked at the issues facing many parents whose lives and working hours don’t conform to standard child care hours or “approved” child care services.

It also discussed how to address the chronic shortfall of child care places.

Recommendations included:

1. Overseas Au Pairs should be allowed to stay with one family for the full 12 month working holiday visa
2. There should be an extension of child-based government assistance to enable greater access to home-based care services.
3. Parents employing qualified and registered nannies should be eligible for the same child care subsidies as those with children in child care centres and family day care.
What do you think?

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* 1. Do you think all forms of legitimate, paid for child care should be equal in terms of eligibility for benefits/rebate?

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* 2. Should families employing qualified/experienced and legally employed nannies be eligible for child care benefit/rebate?

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* 3. Should Au Pairs' working holiday visas allow them to work for one family for the full 12 months?

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* 4. Should "in-home care" eligiblity be widened to help more families whose jobs may require non standard or unusual hours?

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* 5. Should "in-home care" be subsidised?

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