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Senate backs help for Grandparents raising their Grandchildren

A Senate Committee has recommended that the Commonwealth and States do more to help grandparents raising their grandchildren. The Report is the result of a national inquiry into grandparents raising their grandchildren, conducted by the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee. http://theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/senate-backs-help-for-grandparents 

UnitingCare’s Time for Grandparents program response to the Senate Committee Inquiry can be found here


Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry

Commissioner Tim Carmody, QC presented his final reports to the Queensland Government on 1 July 2013.

The final reports of the Commission are available here. The Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry has now concluded. For inquiries about the Commission see here.


The Senate Community Affairs References Committee on Grandparents who take primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren 2014 report can be read here 


Grandparents are the main providers of informal care for children of working parents
(Source is  the Australian Bureau of Statistics)


According to data released today (29/4/2015) by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), grandparents provide child care for almost one-third of children of working parents. In June 2014, 30 per cent of children with two working parents received care from a grandparent. Patrick Corr from the ABS said this was a similar figure to children in employed single parent families.

“31 per cent of children received child care from a grandparent in these families.” said Mr Corr. “Also, one-fifth of children in these families received care from a parent who lives elsewhere. 
“In families where the youngest child usually attended some form of child care, 76 per cent of female parents and 94 per cent of male parents worked.

“This is compared with 45 per cent and 88 per cent respectively in families where the youngest child did not attend care.” 
Of all children aged 0-12 years, just under half (1.8 million) attended some form of child care. One third of children attended informal care and one quarter formal care. The main form of informal care was care by grandparents (22 per cent) and the principal type of formal care was at a long day care centre (14 per cent).

“The report found more female parents than male parents use alternative work arrangements to care for their children," said Mr Corr “with 71 per cent of women compared with 41 per cent of men using these arrangements.

“The most common arrangements used by female parents were flexible work (39 per cent), part time work (38 per cent) and work at home (19 per cent).”

Further details are in 2014 Childhood Education and Care, Australia, June 2014 (cat. no. 4402.0), available for free download from http://www.abs.gov.au.