Of the government provided websites, GroceryChoice is a failure (and worryingly useless) while FuelWatch remains non-existant. Today, what amounts to a Child Care watch was launched. At mychild.gov.au you can search providers of various child care in your locality and you can easily see what their charges are and what you are paying for. It appears the place to start in searching for these services. However, it could also benefit from information on places available and the length of waiting lists (but I guess that is something the government doesn’t want highlighted regardless of how useful it might be).

Interestingly, for providers, supplying information is voluntary. It will be interesting to see whether there is competitive pressure for those currently not there to name their price.

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