Federal Member for Monash Russell Broadbent today welcomed the allocation of an additional $1.6 million to support vital child care services in the region and help meet the needs of local families.

Mr Broadbent said 11 services will receive funding through the Liberal National Government’s Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) which helps improve access to child care and increase workforce participation in remote, regional and disadvantaged communities.

“This funding will help local child care services improve access to quality care, particularly in more rural and remote parts of Monash,” Mr Broadbent said.

“It will be good for our local kids, good for our hard-working families and ultimately for our community. It will also have a positive economic benefit by allowing more local parents to get back into work or to take on additional hours if they chose.

“The funds will support services in areas such as San Remo, Buln Buln, Nilma and Foster may need support to keep operating, or to fund capital projects to improve services and increase the number of places available.”

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said more than 640 child care services around Australia would share in more than $100 million through the program.

“We are committed to giving every Australian family access to quality child care, regardless of where they live or their circumstances,” Minister Tudge said.

“In some remote areas, there may only be one or two child care services operating and it is critical we keep these open and help improve and expand facilities so more kids can attend.

“This program also helps services to run initiatives that reduce barriers which may otherwise prevent local kids from accessing care.

Minister for Regional Education Bridget McKenzie said the CCCF would help ensure child care continued to be available for many families in Monash.

“These grants will have tangible benefits for child care providers that will flow to local children and their families,” Minister McKenzie said.

“It means more families in Monash can take advantage of our Child Care Subsidy if they choose to work, learn or volunteer.”

Including today’s announcement, the Government has allocated more than $220 million to over 1,000 child care services through the Community Child Care Fund since 2018.

The Morrison Government is investing around $10 billion in child care this year to support around 1 million families. Our Budget delivered further support to reduce the out of pocket costs for parents with multiple children aged under six in care and a commitment to a $2 billion preschool funding agreement for access to early learning for all children in the year before school.

More information on the Community Child Care Fund can be found on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

Services in Monash include:

Bass Coast Shire, San Remo: $315,000 – Bass Coast Family Day Care

Bass Coast Shire, Wonthaggi: $47,250 – Wonthaggi Aquatic and Leisure Centre VC Program

Bass Coast Shire, Cowes: $47,250 – Phillip Island Leisure Centre Vacation Care Program

Baw Baw Shire, Buln Buln: $120,000 – Buln Buln Primary Combined OSHC

Baw Baw Shire, Neerim South: $120,000 – Neerim South Primary Outside School Hours Care

Baw Baw Shire, Nilma: $60,000 – Nilma Primary School OSHC

Baw Baw Shire,Trafalgar: $46,242 – Trafalgar Primary School Before & After School Program & YMCA Victoria – Trafalgar Holiday Program

Baw Baw Shire, Drouin: $30,000 – Drouin Holiday Program

Latrobe Shire, Newborough: $267,000 – Little Saints Early Learning Centre

South Gippsland Shire, Mirboo North: $350,000 – Mirboo North Early Learning Centre (St Andrews)

South Gippsland Shire, Foster: $197,000 – Prom Coast Centres for Children