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Diane Lawson and Luci Ellis

Talking early learning to the Reserve Bank of Australia

Talking early learning to the Reserve Bank of Australia Today I met with  the Reserve Bank of Australia Industry Liaison to participate in a discussion led by Luci Ellis, Assistant Governor (Economics). The liaison program generates industry insights that seek to influence Australian monetary policy development. Around 20 other people were also invited to share perspectives […]

NSW abolishes conscientious beliefs as vaccination exemption

NSW abolishes conscientious belief as a vaccination exemption: Shortside update

NSW Parliament today (14 September 2017) passed legislation amending the Public Health Act to remove parents’ conscientious beliefs as grounds for exempting children from mandatory vaccination requirements when enrolling in early learning services, including preschools. We have received the below advice from NSW Health. Please check their website for the additional information they refer to […]

Can't make it to a Jobs For Families presentation? Here are the slides.

  With only a limited number of presentation dates, the Jobs for Families information sessions are out of reach for many educators and providers.  To make it as easy as possible for you to catch up, We’ve put together a slideshow for you from the official JFF presentation, and combined it with notes from our two […]

Help your families to navigate their new benefits under the Family Child Care Subsidy

On 28 May 2017, Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham launched the Family Child Care Subsidy Estimator in a media release. The Child Care Subsidy Estimator provides an estimate of what a family’s subsidy might be when the new Child Care Subsidy takes effect from 2 July 2018, and does not address all care […]

Insider briefing: Amanda Archer reports on the first Jobs For Families information session in Canberra

Our Community Services Management Co-ordinator, Amanda Archer, headed to Canberra today for the first of the national series of information sessions the Department of Education is running on the Jobs for Families Child Care Package.  These are her notes written at the airport for us before heading back to Sydney so you can get the inside briefing […]

Amplify national occupancy survey

Counting Places: we launch our national occupancy survey (you have ONE week to respond)

While government policy continues to support unlimited growth in early childhood service developments with the aim of ‘increasing access’, anecdotally we keep hearing of very dark outcomes, particularly for community based and small private providers. Despite almost every other aspect of children’s services being covered by regulation the supply of places is seen by governments as being […]

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 […]

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