South Australia's Working With Children Checks to be overhauled after royal commission
ABC News - August 23, 2016

A plan to overhaul South Australia's Working With Children Checks by introducing portable checks valid for five years and a centralised assessment unit is expected to go before Parliament next month. The proposed changes released by the State Government are in line with recommendations from...

Are you paying too much for before and after-school care?
The Age - Henrietta Cook - August 21, 2016

A major change has quietly unfolded at Victorian schools – and it is costing parents a lot of money. Private operators have muscled in on before and after-school care, and now run an estimated 70 per cent of programs in the state. Two decades ago, these services were all run by schools or local...

Family Tax Benefit cut will affect 130,000 families earning more than $100,000
The Daily Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - August 20, 2016

FAMILIES earning more than $100,000 who qualify for family welfare supplement payments worth $700 a year are set to lose half that cash under a deal between Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull. But there is some good news - the deal holds the key to resolving delays over promised childcare...

Tasmanian Government ditches plan to lower compulsory school starting age
ABC News - Rosemary Bolger - August 18, 2016

The Tasmanian Government has backed down from a plan to lower the compulsory school starting age by six months. The plan to lower the age to four-and-a-half years had been criticised by the childcare sector which had predicted dozens of services would close and hundreds of jobs would be...

Tasmania must absorb cost of up to 1,400 extra kindy kids if schooling changes proceed
ABC News - Lucy Shannon - August 17, 2016

Questions are being raised about how the Tasmanian Government will fund its plan to lower the school starting age. The Government wants to reduce the compulsory starting age by six months, pushing the kindergarten starting age down to three-and-a-half years. Education Minister Jeremy...

Childcare sector says hundreds of jobs will go if Tasmania lowers school starting age
ABC News - Laura Beavis - August 16, 2016

Tasmania's childcare sector fears hundreds of jobs will be lost if the Government lowers the school starting age from 2021. The Government wants to reduce the compulsory school starting age by six months, which would push the voluntary kindergarten starting age down to three-and-a-half...

G8 shares plummet on full-year result
The Australian - Michael Roddan - August 16, 2016

Shares in childcare operator G8 Education (GEM) plunged as much as 29 per cent in intraday trade on Tuesday after the company revealed an unexpectedly weak profit. But a ballooning pile of debt for the company may be a bigger issue than the sharp share price fall, with G8's leverage...

Alleged day care fraudster approved to work with children despite sword attack, terror investigation
ABC News - Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop - August 16, 2016

The revelations about Dandachi on Monday night's 7.30 program have sparked questions about how he continued to be authorised to work with children, despite being under close watch by counter-terrorism authorities and becoming involved in a standoff with police at gunpoint, in which he...

Sydney day childcare business linked to widescale fraud of childcare funds for terrorist purposes
News.com.au - Ian Horswill - August 16, 2016

CHILDCARE claims totalling more than $27 million of taxpayers' money are suspected to have been sent to Islamic State terrorists. Counter-terrorism police and seven other agencies are investigating if the childcare benefits and rebates are being sent overseas to help ISIS and other terrorist...

Nanny pilot program ignores distance education students: Isolated Children's Parents' Association
ABC News (Rural) - Tyne Logan - August 15, 2016

The pilot, designed to subsidise care for families to use a nanny for their child care needs, began in December 2015. But, as a part of the guidelines, nannies cannot supervise someone undertaking home-schooling or distance education programs. It is this aspect of the pilot that has prompted ICPA...

Treasurer Scott Morrison takes on childcare sector for unfair practices
The Courier Mail - Renee Viellaris - August 15, 2016

THE childcare sector has been criticised by Treasurer Scott Morrison for being inflexible and charging fees even when kids are absent. Mr Morrison yesterday said he was "passionate" about helping to make child care more affordable, saying it was unfair to make families pay for a full day of care if...

Baddy day care: the childcare rort that cost us millions
The Age - Nick McKenzie & Michael Bachelard - August 14, 2016

The Melbourne and Sydney police operations, and a third inquiry last year that involved an alleged $4 million family day care fraud in Albury on the NSW border, raise the prospect that significant rorting may be going undetected. An official familiar with the federal police's efforts to police the...

Two men charged with childcare fraud in multi-million-dollar counter-terrorism investigation
ABC News - Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop - August 13, 2016

Two men have been charged with fraud and another two have been questioned in a multi-million-dollar Australian Federal Police (AFP) counter-terrorism and fraud investigation that has exposed gaping holes in Australia's childcare system. The AFP this week raided the Lakemba family...

Call for better support of Indigenous children in Government's child care funding overhaul
ABC News - Julie Doyle - August 13, 2016

As part of its overhaul of child care, the Government will end the so-called Budget Based Funded (BBF) program, which provides funding for child care centres outside the mainstream system. These centres mostly cater for Indigenous families in regional and remote communities. Professor Stanley...

Tasmania's lower school age plan 'fundamentally flawed', says AEU
The Mercury - Helen Kempton - August 12, 2016

MORE than two thirds of Tasmanian public school educators surveyed by the Australian Education Union's local branch do not back the State Government's push to lower the school starting age. The survey of 5700 Tasmanian teachers, principals and support staff, released today, shows...