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Shortside: Educators walk off on International Women's Day 2017

Whether you walk, or whether you stay, tell families why. This Wednesday large numbers of early childhood educators are expected to walk off the job to draw attention to the notoriously low wages in this sector. It’s no coincidence that Wednesday 8 March is also International Women’s Day.  While men in ECE are similarly underpaid, […]

Shortside: Zombie bills, bargaining chips, robbing Peter and other political horror stories

Have you heard about the ‘zombie bill’ being debated in the House of Representatives this week? Why zombie? Because previously defeated (‘dead’) budget cuts to social services have been reintroduced to parliament by attaching them to the long-awaited reforms to family subsidies for early education and care. These ‘Walking Dead’ measures include cutting aged pensions, paid parental […]

Shortside: National Quality Standards to change

Only 40 elements, national OSHC ratio set at 1:15, more FDC oversight and no more supervisor certificates! Australia’s Education Ministers have just released the Decision Regulation Impact Statement (DRIS) – this is the outcome of the 2014 National Quality Agenda Review. The recommended amendments will be in two stages:  national law and regulation changes will […]

Shortside: Feeling overwhelmed? We round it all up for you.

Feeling overwhelmed? Catch up here! It’s been a busier than usual back-to-school fortnight in politics, policy and practice so rather than bombard you with endless emails we have gathered up the most valuable information and put it together for you here. 1. Jobs for Families package back in parliament 2. URGENT – short notice call […]

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