The Australian Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry is calling on the federal government to review child care regulations to boost productivity and give working mums and dads more flexibility.
The Chamber is calling for extending standardised day-care centre hours and delivering an in-home child care and home carers model based on existing care resources readily available in Australia.
“As far as the length [of childcare hours] is concerned, if you’re working on the other side of the city and you need to get out of work at 5.30pm, you don’t have a lot of time to pick up that child,” says Yolanda Vega, CEO of Austalian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
“Hence why we’re saying consider or give them the option of in-home care.”
The reason for this is not everybody works the same hours or has the same amount of holidays. So childcare could instead be seen as a “community issue” instead of just a “working mum’s issue”.
“This is about families, and a family includes both men and women,” Yolanda says.