Mark Dreyfus MP

Member for Isaacs
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I am asking for your vote at this federal election. An elected Albanese Labor Government will make sure families pay less for childcare by increasing the maximum childcare subsidy to 90 per cent.

Many parents, across all income levels, want to go back to work or do more hours but find it just isn’t worth it because they don’t take home enough pay. Many parents actually lose money if they work more than three days a week.

Unfortunately, Australian families pay some of the highest childcare costs in the world. Under Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce's Liberal-National Government, childcare costs keep going up. In fact, costs have gone through the roof by more than 35%.

I am a strong believer that when it is time to head back to work, organising the kids into childcare shouldn't be a difficult job, but it is. Families are left scratching their heads about what to do when organising affordable and quality care for their children. Trying to understand the rebate system is a nightmare, and many families give up out of frustration because it's unaffordable. Often the administrative hoops are just not worth jumping through.

Childcare should be affordable, and it should be easy to arrange.  

With your support, an elected Federal Labor Government will deliver cheaper childcare and start cleaning up the mess that it is under the current Liberal-National Government.

We will make it easier for mums and dads and working families to get ahead. 

Learn more about Labor's plan to make childcare cheaper at


For a start, a Labor Federal Government will: 

  • scrap the $10,560 child care subsidy cap which often sees women losing money from an extra day’s work; 
  • lift the maximum child care subsidy rate to 90 per cent; and
  • increase child care subsidy rates for every family earning less than $530,000.

Labor’s Cheaper Child Care policy will take the pressure off family budgets. Labor’s Cheaper Child Care policy is good for the economy, good for families and good for women.