Week ending 9th September 2022

Who we shared your views with via meetings and correspondence

  • Together with like-minded peaks ELAA and CCC, CELA CEO Michele Carnegie met in Canberra with:
    • Minister for Early Childhood Education, Dr Anne Aly
    • Senator Barbara Pocock, Chair of Senate Select Committee for Work and Care
    • Senator Matt O'Sullivan, Chair of Senate References Committee for Education and Employment
    • Senator Mehreen Faruqi, Member of Senate Committees for Education and Employment
    • We discussed the gap in the Jobs and Skills Summit outcomes - government funded retention and return of qualified staff in advance of permanent remuneration action; support for students so that they can complete their qualifications; and the need for infrastructure funding so that community-based early education services can expand to meet the increased demand that will align with higher CCS payments in July 2023.
  • We shared your questions with NSW Department of Education leadership around the Early Years Commitment. Members can read the answers here
  • CEO shared Member views at NSW Early Childhood Education Advisory Group meeting
  • CEO met with Sam Page, CEO of Early Childhood Australia, to debrief about the Jobs & Skills Summit
  • CEO represented members at the Special Ministers pre-meeting stakeholder discussion with Minister Mitchell
  • CEO represented members at the NSW Education and NSW Health workshop on Health and Development Checks
  • CEO attended the United Workers day of action on the lawns of Parliament House Canberra
  • CEO attended Early Childhood Education and Care Reference Group with Minister Clare


How we kept you informed

  • Member News email highlighting the release of the Implementation and Evaluation plan for the 10-year National Children’s Education and Care Workforce Strategy, Shaping Our Future
  • Guided Members through operational challenges via our 1800 support line

Who we collaborated with

  • We thank the hundreds of Members who attended CELA's Early Years Commitment Forum. You can view the NSW Department of Education answers to Member questions here. There is a lot of detail to be worked out to ensure the $15.9b is invested effectively, and we invite Members to share their thoughts and ideas on how to do this. For each of the programs, we invite you to contribute your questions or suggestions via this survey. CEO Michele Carnegie meets with the NSW Department of Education regularly and will ensure your questions, and your suggestions, are raised where they will have the most impact
  • We spoke with Members around innovative service delivery models to meet community need
  • We collaborated with CCC and ELAA to contribute to the Select Senate Committee for Work and Care Inquiry
  • CEO continued to liaise with Members on the various causes of workforce shortages and what incentives have worked in their services to retain and attract staff

What we consulted on and analysed

  • We analysed the 2021 ECEC Workforce Census data, staff vacancies and other data to develop possible policy options to propose to Government to address workforce shortages without compromising on quality
  • We analysed questions from our Members on the NSW Government's Early Years Commitment

Find out about CELA's five key advocacy areas

As the peak body for early and middle childhood education, Community Early Learning Australia is an influential and vital advocacy force for the sector and for Australia's children. 

Contact us

If there is an issue mentioned here that you would like to find out more about, or something is missing that you would like us to advocate to government about, please contact CELA CEO Michele Carnegie via michelecarnegie@cela.org.au


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