Liberal: Parental Leave v Labor: Child Care

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says the Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme would cost more than childcare payments to families.

Paid Parental Leave

The Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme will pay a parent 26 weeks’ leave at full replacement salary. The payment is capped at $75,000.

Expected Costs

$9.8 billion. Two Year Total 2015-16 and 2016-17

Childcare payments

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Childcare benefit is means-tested and is only available to families who earn less than $170,000 a year.
Childcare rebate is available to all families with children in child care. It covers 50 per cent of out-of-pocket expenses and is capped at $7,500 a year per child.

Expected costs:

$5.82b 2015-16
$6.16b 2016-17
$11.98 billion. Two Year Total

Source of figures:


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