"We want as many women as can be to have challenging and demanding careers rather than having to fit a bit of work in around the edges Mr Abbott said.
But Ms Ley says the jury is out on the proposal to means-test the childcare rebate.
"That would decline as income rises, with those at the upper end receiving a maximum rebate of 30 per cent.".
The plan gave him a vehicle to improve his reputation with women, and he adorned his announcement with encouraging if obvious motherhood statements about the value women brought to the nation's economy.Sheri Laidlaw, the director of Elfin House Community Childcare Centre in Rockhampton, says some families who will be subjected to means-testing are already finding it difficult.She says the proposals in the report are aimed at encouraging tens of thousands of mothers back into the workforce.Judging by its draft report, it will give nannies the green light for the childcare rebate but not au pairs.And some people want to have child care occur in their home and not a centre.".Photo: 'It's the middle-income earners that are struggling says childcare centre director Sheri Laidlaw.'Middle-income earners struggling some childcare centre operators have expressed reservations about aspects of the report, especially the means-testing of the childcare rebate.It's the middle ones that don't get as much help because they are out there working two wages.The Productivity Commission is due to deliver its report on October.The owner of Sydney-based Heaven for Kids Daycare centre, Donna Mitrani, agrees.
"It does mean that families on a combined income of 160,000 or more would have less of their childcare costs paid she said.
"We had a lot of submissions from people who said: 'Well I'm a shift-worker and the childcare system doesn't meet my hours of work so we've employed a nanny Dr Craik said."What we say to them is what we've tried to do is make a system that's fair for the entire community so we're trying to create a greater subsidy to lower-income families.".They include replacing the existing multiple childcare subsidies with a single subsidy that would be means-tested and paid directly to the parents' choice of provider.Advertisement, those time-related restrictions have led countless women to examine their options to "fit in a bit of work around the edges often in lower-skilled positions, instead of returning to their previous workplace."And certainly if you have a number of children, having a nanny is an efficient way to meet those childcare costs.The final report is due to be handed to the Government in October."There is a role for in-home child care, clearly she said."In the end, they decide to drop out of that level of the workforce, or maybe go back part-time or do a job they're not qualified or trained for."Especially if people have two or three children in child care, it's going to be totally unaffordable for families she said.The draft Productivity Commission report also proposes the rebate cover the use of nannies, to allow more flexibility for families, especially shift workers.