Week ending 24 June 2022

Who we shared your views with via meetings and correspondence

  • CEO Michele Carnegie, together with ELLA and CCC, met with MP Angie Bell, Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education/Shadow Minister for Youth, to discuss the workforce issues facing the ECEC sector. They discussed the benefit of growing community managed ECEC, to provide the best impact for investment, and potential unintended consequences of the move to 90% CCS funding to quickly.  Emphasis was placed on rapid expansion cannot be at the expense of quality.
  • Michele Carnegie CEO met with Senator for NSW Andrew Bragg to discuss key issues impacting our members.
  • CEO attended NSW Early Childhood Education Advisory Group meeting, where workforce issues were echoed by many members of the group.


  • ABC Radio Interview, on Early Years Commitment Budget Announcement, CELA CEO said:

    This is the investment that NSW needs to benefit all Australians.  It means that parents will be able to access the level of care they need to participate in the workforce.  Children have access to the early education they need in the vital years before school and the workforce is suitable supported to deliver quality programs.

    What we need to see is the workforce investment component actioned now, so as our depleted workforce can be rebuilt to meet current future needs.

    We also want to see an emphasis on investment in not for profit community managed services, because this is where tax payers see the benefit of investment through lower fees, quality programs and better pay and conditions for educators, because every dollar is invested back into the service. 

    We are seeing rapid growth ahead and we must ensure that quality is in no way compromised during this expansion.

How we kept you informed

  • CELA’s weekly Member News email covered the New South Wales Government’s historic early childhood education investment, unpacked the announcements from Government, celebrating how the investment will support children, and outlining our next steps to ensure the community sector can harness these possibilities
  • Shared a CELA Member Resource to inform your service’s Risk Assessment when it comes to close contacts. Updated CELA Member Resources to reflect changes in close contact rules. Download your Risk Assessment tool and COVID-19 Infectious Diseases Policy template
  • Guided members through operational challenges via our 1800 support line.

Who we collaborated with

  • ELAA and CCC on Victorian and NSW Early Education announcements
  • Michele Carnegie CEO liaising with members on how educators may be able to move from Certificate III to Diploma at a faster rate and the need for upskilling on skill gaps for individual educators and teams.
  • Michele Carnegie CEO liaising with members on various causes of workforce shortages and what incentives have worked in their services to retain and attract staff.  We have also discussed the impact of a significant increase in challenging behaviors in children and how this is impacting educators working on ratio. 

What we consulted on and analysed

  • Our Member News special identified how the investments announced by NSW Government will support children over the next ten years and highlighted how the policies align with and draws from our advocacy

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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