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Newsletter October

Our second newsletter in October is out. Read about our new inaugural patron, Wendy McCarthy, how to find out how much your family would be better off under Labor’s proposed changes to the Child Care Subsidy and the latest update on the Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) Temporary Financial Hardship.

Dear friends,

I am really excited to announce Wendy McCarthy AO is joining The Parenthood as our inaugural patron. Wendy has advocated for children, women and families throughout her professional life and shares the vision we are passionate about to make Australia the best place in the world to parent. 

She is one of Australia’s leading community advocates and directors and we’re so fortunate to have her expertise and support.  

Her appointment is a significant and exciting development. I’m confident it will help us further contribute to the future direction of Australia by advancing positive policies for families and children. 


Meet Wendy McCarthy

Wendy began her career as a secondary school teacher and moved out of the classroom into public life in 1968. Since then she has been an advocate, educator and change agent in Australia and internationally. 

Read more about Wendy’s life, why she decided to join The Parenthood here and watch her video message on our blog.


Online Childcare Estimator

The Parenthood welcomed Labor’s proposed plan to reduce out of pocket fees for families and its commitment to overhaul Australia’s early education and care system in their Budget Reply. 

It is the kind of bold reform needed to support children, families and carers, and increase women’s workforce participation. We’re encouraging the Federal government to consider the proposal too.  

Have you wondered how much your family would be better off under Labor’s proposed changes to the Child Care Subsidy? With our online childcare estimator you can do the maths and find out in a few simple steps.


Additional subsidy for Early Childhood Education and Care available

At the moment lots of families are having a tough time as COVID-19 continues to impact our lives, communities and the economy. Lots of households are facing income loss and/or unemployment. Did you know there is support available for families with young children?

If you are experiencing financial hardship and you need some help paying your child care fees, you may be eligible for the Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) Temporary Financial Hardship. It's worth applying if you're struggling. Find out more on our blog.


Last but not least we want to congratulate all parents, grandparents, carers and children in Victoria. What you have endured - and achieved - over the past few months is extraordinary. May your COVID-safe celebrations be plentiful. 

I hope you enjoyed this newsletter. If you did, feel free to send it to another parent who might enjoy it too.  

Many thanks,

Georgie Dent
Executive Director