Business alarm as ALP goes back to the future on wages policy
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - December 18, 2018

The union movement wanted pattern bargaining, in which an entire sector would negotiate as a whole, to be made economy-wide but the party platform and the Opposition emphasises a focus on low-paid sectors such as child care, cleaning and security. "Enterprise bargaining...

Labor to tackle pay disparity
Sky News.com.au - December 18, 2018

Labor leader Bill Shorten has promised to tackle the issue of pay disparity if his party are successful at the upcoming federal election. Mr Shorten says he will empower the Fair Work Commission to compare wages in typical male and female industries. Mr Shorten says feminized industries like childcare...

Pre-schools face uncertain future as 'no jab, no play' vaccination rules threaten enrolments
ABC News - Peter McCutcheon - December 18, 2018

Early childhood educators in one of Australia's anti-vaccination hotspots are warning a "no jab, no play" policy could have serious unintended consequences. Since January, unvaccinated children have been banned from enrolling in pre-schools in New South Wales...

What ECEC services need to know about the Government Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook
The Sector - Lyndsie Clark - December 18, 2018

The Australian Government has released its 2018 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), which is expected to deliver a surplus by the 2020 financial year. But what does this mean for the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector?...

ECA disappointed in Child Care Finder website: missed opportunity
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 18, 2018

Advocacy body Early Childhood Australia (ECA) has expressed its disappointment with the Department of Education and Training website Child Care Finder, which was released this week to replace the previous offering “My Child” which supported families to view...

Affinity Education schools market in $240 million debt refinance deal
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson and Anthony Macdonald - December 18, 2018

Just because your exit out of an asset is on hold does not mean you can't make a virtue out of refinancing it. Anchorage Capital Partners illustrates this aphorism well in its handling of portfolio business Affinity Education Group, which was pulled from the auction block...

Labor pledges to boost women’s wages
Perth Now - Nick Evans - December 18, 2018

The move, backed with funding for the Fair Work Commission to conduct its own research, is likely to lead to significant pay claims in female-dominated industries such as child care, health care and disability services. Ms Plibersek is expected to tell Labor’s...

G8 appoints former ACECQA manager as Head of Early Learning and Education
The Sector - Lyndsie Clark - December 17, 2018

Julie Madgwick has been appointed to Head of Early Learning and Education at G8 Education, tasked with developing educational strategy and improving pedagogical practices in the delivery of programs for children aged from birth to five years across G8’s national network...

Unvaccinated children to be banned from WA kindies, childcare centres in disease outbreaks
ABC News - James Carmody - December 14, 2018

The WA Government has introduced new regulations which allow the Health Department to ban unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children from going to school during disease outbreaks.From January 1, kindergartens, schools and childcare centres will be required to...

Union pushes for industry-wide pay claims for bank employees
The Australian - Michael Roddan - December 14, 2018

The Finance Sector Union will press Labor to allow industry-wide bargaining claims to be pursued against the big four banks, as ­unions intensify pressure on the ALP to legalise sector-wide claims beyond low-paid industries such as childcare and cleaning...

Fresh faces for SNAICC board: New chairperson, new acting CEO
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 14, 2018

Several noteworthy changes” were made at the annual general meeting of the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), with significant leadership changes announced this week, SNAICC has said. Adjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett AM...

Aged care centre in Claremont has space for kids
The West Australian - Liam Croy - December 14, 2018

A trip to the US was the inspiration for an innovative intergenerational aged care centre to be built on a coveted site near Claremont Oval. Believed to be a WA first, The Queenslea will combine a 120-bed residential aged care facility with 39 assisted-living apartments and a childcare centre...

State Government gets tough on unvaccinated kids in kindies
The West Australian - Peter de Kruijff and Cathy O'Leary - December 14, 2018

The State Government wants unvaccinated children excluded from childcare centres and kindergartens as it battles to end the State’s low child immunisation rates. WA’s Chief Health Officer will have new powers from next month to shut childcare centres and kindergartens...

Preschool funding left off COAG agenda
The Courier Mail - Lanai Scarr - December 13, 2018

Preschool funding has been left off the agenda of today’s meeting of the COAG education council in what is being labelled as “out of step” and a “snub” to the reform Australia’s education sector needs. News Corp Australia has obtained a full draft agenda of the 21st education...

UOW College cuts child care course after audit problems
Illawarra Mercury - Ben Langford - December 13, 2018

The University of Wollongong had to suspend a vocational diploma course in child care after the national regulator found problems with its “quality assurance” around assessments. The course, a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, is one of 12 dropped...