Call for child care, parental leave change

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BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA BUDGET PROPOSALS

CHILD CARE:

* Childcare subsidy would grow from 85 per cent to 95 per cent for lower income households

* For families earning more than $80,000 the subsidy would taper off at one percentage point for every $4000 in additional income

* For example, a family earning $80,000 would receive a 95 per cent subsidy, and a family earning $84,000 would receive a 94 per cent subsidy

PAID PARENTAL LEAVE:

* Parents get 20 weeks of paid leave from the government divided between the primary carer - almost always the mother, who gets 18 weeks - and a secondary carer who gets two weeks

* Under the BCA's proposal, families would decide how many weeks each parent takes up to a maximum of 18 for one parent

* Those who share more evenly would be rewarded with an additional one or two weeks each of paid leave

* Total weeks available would gradually grow to 26 weeks over the next eight years