Chang Lim, head of the Australian Childcare Alliance, pointed out the national law governing childcare is 165 pages long and the regulations are 177 pages, but the guide for centres is 616 pages.
Senator Birmingham says the government has implemented changes to regulations that will reduce red tape.
He says they've reduced requirements so there's no more mandating minimum hours or days a week providers must operate, which has allowed centres like Good Start Early Learning - Australia's largest childcare provider - to offer shorter sessions.
"These changes are delivering dividends that will benefit Australian families," he told reporters in Canberra.
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