The Treasurer delivered the interim Federal Budget on Tuesday, 25 October 2022. Early education and care was a focus due to the Cheaper Child Care legislation, which will largely benefit young families.
The interim budget delivered on its election promise regarding cheaper child care, addressing affordability and access for vulnerable children. We are pleased with these measures as they align with CELA's advocacy pillars and our 6 Point Plan for Education and Care, addressing issues we have advocated for over many years.
As expected, the budget did not address early education and care wages. There will be another window for this to be addressed in the May budget, particularly given the Cheaper Childcare Bill will create even more demand for our workforce when it is implemented. We will continue our relentless advocacy to influence for wages to be addressed in the lead-up to the May budget.