Australia's large providers of child care will have to reveal their revenue and profits with real-time data, so parents can see what their fees are funding, under a Labor proposal.
Anthony Albanese will take advantage of a government spat on childcare policy by highlighting its importance in a keynote speech to business leaders on Thursday.
"Parents should have more transparency around what exactly they're paying for, so they can decide which provider is right for their family," he said in speech notes seen by AAP.
He says taxpayers are spending about $9 billion on the current child care subsidy, yet there is little oversight or public reporting of how this taxpayer money is spent.
Labor will also stop the practice of for-profit providers offering inducements, such as free iPads, to entice families to enrol.
"These are marketing gimmicks and are an inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars," he will say.
"We stand in stark contrast to the coalition in our support for the childcare sector, knowing how vital it is for Australia's families."
The government's planned $1.7 billion childcare subsidy boost for parents with two or more children in care aims to help women get back into work and lower the gender pay gap.
Draft laws to roll out the changes will be introduced to parliament on Thursday.
But a fierce debate has erupted internally over the plan, with one member of the coalition partyroom wanting subsidies for live-in nannies on farms. Another described child care as "outsourcing parenting".
Liberal senator Gerard Rennick said he won't support the legislation unless it provided support to those looking after their own children at home, which Nationals senator Matt Canavan also wants.
His Senate colleague Hollie Hughes told the ABC the debate should be about parents making a choice on how they raise their children.
"There are a lot of people that choose to go back to work because they are not, dare I say, cut out to sit at home and watch Bluey," she said.
Mr Albanese said the war on child care showed the contempt some in the coalition have for working families.
"The level of disrespect in that statement is galling, and shows how out of touch they are with working families."
Under the laws, from July 1 next year the government will increase the child care subsidies available to families with more than one child aged five and under in child care, benefitting about 250,000 families.
The government will also remove the $10,560 cap on the Child Care Subsidy, benefitting about 18,000 families.
Australian Associated Press
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