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If you’re not spending most of your income on people who aren’t you, how do you even know you’re a parent?
It’s just one of the things parents accept about parenting: kids are expensive, and they will regularly deplete your energy – and your wallets. (But it’s all worth it for those darling angels, of course.)
We are very lucky in this country that if you’re a parent, there are different sorts of government supports available, whether you work or not. In terms of child care, the Department of Education and Training has published this table to demonstrate what the new Child Care Subsidy, which comes into effect today, means for families: