Week ending 20 June 2023

Who we shared your views with via meetings and correspondence

We lodged a response to the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal's Inquiry into Early Childhood Education and Care Affordability, Accessibility and Consumer Choice. Read our submission here
The Commonwealth Government has a large policy focus on the Early Years and CELA continues to be active in influencing policy on behalf of our members.
Over the past month we have:
  • Lodged a submission to the consultation about the Early Years Strategy. Read it here

  • Lodged a submission to the Select Senate Committee on the Cost of Living. Read it here.

  • Lodged a submission to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Early Childhood Education and Care. Read it here.


How we kept you informed

  • Weekly newsletter highlighted important updates for the sector
  • Guided Members through operational challenges via our 1800 support line, including Sector Support for Start Strong 2023 as contracted by the NSW Department of Education
  • Amplify! explores the ethical considerations around the launch of AI tools to support documentation in early childhood education and care

Who we collaborated with

  • CELA joined early education employers and unions to lodge the first ever application for a national multi employer agreement in the Fair Work Commission. Read more about why we're supporting multi-employer bargaining for members and what happens next in our latest Amplify! article here
  • We are assisting members to respond to community need in the provision of education and care in their local communities

What we consulted on and analysed

  • We are analysing the Federal Government"s draft Strategy for the Care and Support Economy. This strategy outlines how paid care and support should work across aged care, disability support, veterans’ care and early childhood education and care sectors, and covers a range of themes including workforce, pricing and payments, digital and innovation, and quality and safe guards. CELA will continue to provide input to the draft Strategy for the Care and Support Economy on behalf of its members.

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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