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Rattler+Broadside Editorial Committee 2018

Terms of reference and member agreement



The Rattler+Broadside Editorial Committee (RBEC) exists to inspire and advise CELA’s executive and contracted editorial team to create valuable content for the magazine.

The RBEC does not have editorial control of the magazine and while members’ contributions will be seriously considered on every occasion, the publisher – CELA’s CEO – has final say on all matters of content.


The RBEC comprises up to 10 members, who must also be members or employees of CELA.  RBEC members will be invited by the CELA executive or contracted editor after submitting this signed agreement to the Terms of Reference.

RBEC members broadly reflect the professional interests of the sector CELA represents. The majority will always be from community-based services and they will come from at least two and preferably three states and territories (including NSW). Groups represented in addition to CELA’s executive and the editor include:

  • CELA’s Board
  • Preschools
  • Long day care
  • Family day care
  • Outside school hours care
  • Remote and rural (centre-based and mobile)


RBEC members contribute to at least two, and up to eight, quarterly issues of Rattler+Broadside depending on the period they agree to when invited.

The contribution includes:

  • attending quarterly editorial meetings by phone or in person and sending story ideas or interview subject proposals by email ahead of each meeting when requested
  • reviewing a small number of draft articles (typically three or four) and offering suggestions for improvement or corrections based on specialist knowledge
  • sharing published articles which could be adapted for a Rattler audience – such as stories seen in mainstream newspapers or international education journals
  • being an ambassador for the magazine as one of the highest quality journals in the sector, and, when opportunities arise, encouraging new readers to take up digital subscriptions or CELA memberships which include the Rattler print editions.


RBEC members are acknowledged by name in the magazine’s publishing panel and will receive an additional print copy of the magazine for their personal records, on top of the issue already sent out to the membership address. Participation is voluntary.


RBEC members will not share their story ideas, the detail of committee discussions, story lists, or other members’ ideas or business matters arising in the magazine planning without prior agreement, by email, with the editor and/or publisher. If an RBEC member has already proposed a story idea to another publication – print or digital – they must disclose this when suggesting it to the committee.


By agreeing in writing when you return this document with your signature below, you agree to:

  1. abide by the above Terms of Reference
  2. actively participate in person or online with the RBEC program
  3. relinquish your position after two years or eight issues or on ceasing to be a financial member of CELA.

(Use the ‘Print or PDF’ button at the top or bottom of this web page to access a version you can sign and return to CELA, email


I agree to the above conditions and terms of reference. I understand that I may be placed on a waiting list for participation in the RBEC if there are no vacancies at the date of this agreement and that CELA will store my contact details for this purpose.

Name: ________________________________________________




Date: __/__/__


CELA member number (personal or organisation):_____________


Email address:__________________________________________


Daytime contact phone number: ___________________________


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Bec Lloyd is the founder and managing director of Bec & Call Communication, providing professional writing, editing and strategy services to the school and early childhood education sector since 2014. In 2018 she launched UnYucky mindset and menus for happier family mealtimes. Formerly the communications lead at ACECQA and BOS (now NESA), Bec is a journo and mother of three who produces Amplify for us at Community Early Learning Australia.

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