KindiCare launches calculator ahead of federal election to show out-of-pocket expenses
Babysitting app KindiCare released an online voter calculator to help parents determine wwhat child care costs they will have to pay each week, depending on which political party wins the federal election that has yet to be called.
The calculator tells parents exactly how much they will have to pay under the Liberal and Labor parties, as well as the Greens, which offer free daycare for all.
Recommendations made by the Minderoo Foundation Thrive by five campaign are also evaluated in the calculations.
In nearly every scenario for dual-income working families, the calculator showed that working families would be better off if Labor won, with the average working family with two children in child care saving between $6386 and $11,013 per year. to win.
KindiCare founder Benjamin Balk said he created the Election Calculator to bring transparency to major parties’ election promises and to help parents make informed decisions on Election Day.
“Bottom line for most families, will I pay less for childcare under the Coalition or Labour?” he said. “And if I want or need to work more hours, will my income be absorbed by fees through reduced subsidies?”
Alongside the calculator, the KindiCare site is running a poll asking parents whether the major parties’ childcare subsidy policies would affect their vote in this year’s federal election. Early results indicate that 77% of respondents will vote based at least in part on promises made regarding early childhood policy.
Calculator can be found here.