Week ending 3 February 2023

Who we shared your views with via meetings and correspondence

  • We lodged a pre-Budget submission to the Commonwealth Government, calling for government-funded wage increases for our sector and support to build workforce capacity and professional identity. Read it here
  • CELA CEO Michele Carnegie represented member views at the NSW Department of Education's Early Childhood Advisory Group's planning session



How we kept you informed

  • Our 2022 Advocacy Report highlights our impact and activities on behalf of members over 2022, as well as what's next for 2023
  • 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! talks about the benefits of singing in your program

Who we collaborated with

  • We continued collaboration with ELAA and CCC in planning advocacy for 2023, noting important inquiries to occur this year such as the ACCC's Childcare Inquiry - noting that providers will be consulted with between February and April
  • 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

  • Members shared their experiences with job vacancies and recruitment in the new year. We are heartened to hear that some services have managed to recruit - but with higher wages which then create cost pressures for the service and families. We also heard of services who, still unable to recruit, have scaled back operations to deliver within ratio
  • We analysed the literature review about the evidence-base for 3 year old preschool, prepared by the University of South Australia for the Royal Commission in Early Childhood Education and Care. Read it here

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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