News

Queensland 'should stop circulating incorrect information'

A STOUSH has erupted between the Federal Government and the Queensland Government over a subsidy which helps child care centres care for young disabled children.

State Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek yesterday attacked the Gillard Government, saying it had withdrawn funding for the subsidy, which helps disabled children attend child care.

But Federal Early Childhood Minister Kate Ellis hit back, saying Mr Langbroek did not understand the federal-state agreement, which meant the state was supposed to fund all kindergarten education.

The stoush comes after confusion in the State's child care sector over the Federal Government's inclusion support subsidy.

Under the subsidy, child care centres are funded to employ an extra staff member to help look after young disabled children, but once the child turns three and a half, the subsidy ends.

From that age on, the child's early childhood education becomes a state responsibility under the kindergarten system, rather than long day care centres.

Mr Langbroek said Queensland day care centres had just found out funding for the subsidy was cut just before Christmas, leaving some children in limbo.

"I've had day care services tell me that in 2013 they will have to turn away children with high needs from their kindergarten program without the necessary funding provided by the subsidy," he said.

"This is either exceptionally poor policy or a callous attempt by the Gillard Government to shift its responsibility for day care and early childhood onto the states and territories."

But Ms Ellis said he was wrong, and should stop circulating the incorrect information to child care centres in Queensland.

"This is completely untrue. Let me be very clear - we have not changed the program guidelines and we have not cut funding," she said.

"It has always been the responsibility of state governments to provide inclusion support for kindergarten and this has not changed in any way.

"The Queensland Government should stop trying to shirk its responsibility and support the Queensland families who need it the most."

While the subsidy and the agreement between both governments had not changed since 2006, it is understood the Queensland Government circulated the wrong information to service providers.

It is understood the incorrect information was included in a newsletter to the child care industry late last year.

Correspondence between the Federal Government and subsidy intermediaries - which pass the money on to child care centres - advised all child care centre in Queensland to note nothing had changed.

However, that correspondence also said if a service was currently receiving the subsidy, and was not eligible, the funding should stop immediately, which may have contributed to the confusion.

While the subsidy does not cover kindergarten students, it does cover those children with "additional needs" outside of the hours of any state government-approved kindergarten program.

Topics:  child care, federal government, funding, john-paul langbroek, kate ellis



Better health outcomes through consumer participation

Council member Nick Ryan, DDHHS Chief Executive Dr Peter Gillies, council member Belinda Marriage, council member Cecilia Donohoe, DDHHS Board Member Marie Pietsch, DDHHS Acting Executive Director Medical Services Dr Martin Byrne, DDHHS Indigenous Cultural Capability Consultant Rica Lacey, and DDHHS Acting Consumer Engagement Officer Pauline Murphy at the inaugural meeting of the DDHHS Consumer Council in Toowoomba.

Consumer Council holds it's first meeting in Toowoomba.

New bridge honours cherished Southern Downs resident

Signs for the newly named bridge will now be installed with the cost to be funded from the bridge budget.

The recently constructed Tummaville Rd bridge has been named.

Traffic disruptions on major Warwick road this morning

Workmen close one lane on Albion St, Warwick.

WORKMEN have blocked one lane of a major Warwick road this morning.

Local Partners

9000 reasons to support our community clubs

Community clubs are good at what they do. They are not so good at telling the world about what they do, as Clubs Queensland CEO Doug Flockhart explains.


Katy Perry gets naked to encourage people to vote

Katy Perry in Funny Or Die sketch

Katy Perry has stripped naked for a comedy video

Jogging Tom Hanks crashes wedding in Central Park

Tom Hanks stopped for a selfie with this bride and groom

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

Nick 'the snake' to call the shots on Survivor jury

Australian Survivor contestant Nick Iadanza.

LATEST evictee is out of the game but will still have a say.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Rural properties expected to soar as investors seek income

Rural properties are should become highly sought after

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.