Judith Ireland, Rachel Browne Parents would be able to sublet their precious childcare places while they are on holiday or on maternity leave under a Productivity Commission idea that has been backed by the federal government.
Alexandra Smith, Rachel Browne A record number of NSW children sat for the selective schools placement test on Thursday: 13,930 children are in contention for 4188 spots.
Rachel Browne Families in parts of Sydney and Melbourne are still struggling to find childcare vacancies despite a surge in new providers and a record number of children in centres.
Lindsay Murdoch and Rachel Browne Surrogacy advocates advise Australian parents they could be stuck in Thailand for months while the country's government decides the fate of them and their babies.
Rachel Browne A submission from the Catholic Church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council to the child abuse royal commission has called for a mandatory national victims' redress scheme operated by government but...
Anna Patty and Rachel Browne Proposed childcare reforms aim to encourage an extra 47,000 mothers to join the workforce, but the Productivity Commission modelling suggests marginal tax rates would discourage them from working...
Rachel Browne Almost 100,000 children from low-income families might lose their childcare places if the government tightens work study requirements under the Productivity Commission's recommendations.
Rachel Browne, Alexandra Back Australian governments need to rethink bans on commercial surrogacy, experts say following reports an Australian couple abandoned a baby in Thailand.
Rachel Browne Leading surrogacy lawyer says Australian parents of babies born to surrogates overseas are not automatically subject to criminal background checks, leaving the system wider open to abusers.
Rachel Browne Long-awaited report into discrimination against pregnant women to be handed down by the Human Rights Commission
Rachel Browne More than 135,000 Australian children, or about 26 in every 1000 children, received child protection services in 2012–13, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of...
Eamonn Duff and Rachel Browne Michael and Carol Clancy had never met Albert and Maree Rizk. Their lives could not have been more contrasting.
Rachel Browne When Matthew Whisker picks his children up from their north shore childcare centre he doesn’t automatically have to ask how their day went – he already knows.
Rachel Browne John Tyson suffered an unthinkable tragedy in the Queensland floods in 2011.
Alexandra Smith, Rachel Browne, Cosima Marriner Life just got a little squeezier for people in middle age. Already wedged between the demands of paid work, dependent children and ageing parents, changes forecast by this week's federal budget have...
Rachel Browne Anna Patty One in seven people in NSW - more than a million - are living below the poverty line, which is higher than the national average, a new report has found.
Rachel Browne Proud parents could be unwittingly putting their children at risk by posting images and information online that give away details such as where they go to school and which parks they frequent.
Rachel Browne, Saffron Howden High school student Bashir Yousufi is grateful for his life in Australia but the Afghan refugee still harbours deep sadness about the trauma he was forced to endure while waiting to be processed.
Rachel Browne When Wilma Robb was transferred from Parramatta Girls Training School to the notoriously brutal Institution for Girls in Hay as a 15-year-old, she vividly recalls being told what to expect.
Rachel Browne Australia needs free preschool places for all if it is to compete with other developed countries.