The allowance was agreed by the Authority in response to widespread concern from the local government sector that a lack of financial support for childcare creates a barrier for people, in particular women, to enter into elected positions.
Eligible elected members can claim up to $6,000 per year for each child if the childcare meets the criteria.
Elected members are eligible for the allowance if:
The childcare must be provided by someone who:
Elected members must provide satisfactory evidence to the local authority of the amount paid for childcare.