ERIC Number: ED369533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Monitoring of Childcare Fees: Prices Surveillance Authority Monitoring Report No. 13.
Prices Surveillance Authority, Melbourne (Australia).
This report documents a survey conducted to determine if Australian parents have benefited from an increase in child care assistance subsidies authorized in April 1993. A total of 281 day care centers across Australia responded to surveys mailed in July 1992, February 1993, and May 1993. Data was also collected about profit margins, quality of services, excess demand, and the effects of competition. Although subsidies increased from $103 to $108.50 per week per child, the average fees charged by day care centers rose by more than the $5.50 increase. The report also found that: (1) private centers raised their fees more sharply than non-profit or government centers; (2) fee increases were not uniform, with some centers actually lowering fees or keeping them fixed; (3) government centers operated with higher cost structures than private or non-profit centers; (4) staff level and staff-child ratios increased between 1992 and 1993; (5) 85 percent of centers maintained a waiting list; and (6) the child care industry's ability to increase the supply of child care services is crucial to maintaining competitive pressures on fee movements. Five appendixes contain correspondence concerning the report, follow-up survey data, and various tables of child care statistics. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prices Surveillance Authority, Melbourne (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia