Liberal MLA Giulia Jones has called for the ACT government’s small business loan scheme to be expanded to include stay-at-home fathers who wish to start a business.
The scheme provides micro loans of up to $3,000 for low income earners who want to start a business from home. It currently offers funding to a range of groups including women, young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, migrants and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex applicants.
Jones believes that men who quit work in order to take care of children at home should be given the same access to the scheme. It is believed many men face even greater discrimination than women do when it comes to trying to re-enter the workforce.
The ACT Community Services Directorate, which administers the scheme, said that the scheme would continue to be monitored over time. Furthermore, changes could be made in the future to include other groups if it was considered appropriate.