The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will spend three hours as an early childhood education and care worker to highlight the ongoing funding crisis in the sector.
Mr Wilkie is participating in the Big Steps campaign as part of the push to award early childhood and care (ECEC) workers better wages. The campaign is led by United Voice.
“Early childhood education and care is far too important to neglect,” Mr Wilkie said.
“The educators have a difficult job which requires professional skills. They deserve a professional wage.”
Early childhood educators with Certificate III qualifications currently earn just $18.58 an hour. United Voice estimates that affording ECEC workers a professional wage comparable to a tradesperson with equivalent qualifications would require $1.4 billion of annual federal funding.
Mr Wilkie wrote a letter to the Prime Minister earlier this month urging her to increase funding to early childhood education and care. The letter was co-signed by members of the Federal parliamentary cross-bench.