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Flexible childcare a step closer for members (04/13)

More flexible childcare will soon become available for police members working regular night shifts and weekends.

Under the Government’s Child Care Flexibility Scheme, to take effect from the middle of this year, police shift-workers will be joined by paramedics and nurses to be among 500 families taking part in a trial that will provide more flexible care including overnight and weekend care.

The welcome move is a big win for many of our members who currently don’t have the same child care options that have always been available to their ‘nine-to-five’ counterparts.

This initiative is also a pleasing breakthrough for The Police Association, which has proudly led the way in actively lobbying the government over several years to provide more flexible child care options for police officers who work regular night and weekend shifts and on rosters that are subject to change.

The $1.3m trial will initially be made available to members who work in the Casey area and will be delivered in partnership with Family Day Care Australia, the national peak body representing family day care providers.

The trial will enable all stakeholders, including our participating members and The Police Association to assess what child care options would work best for shift-workers in the future on a permanent basis.

The Police Association will work with all key stakeholders, including the Federal Government, to determine how the trial will be implemented.

Once issues around implementation are clarified, we will then be in a position to provide further information to our Casey-based members interested in participating in the trial.

GREG DAVIES

Secretary

 

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