Advice sought on Peter Dutton eligibility
SBS News - August 22, 2018

The business interest raises questions over whether government support to the centres is a constitutional problem for Mr Dutton and whether he was involved in cabinet decisions on the childcare sector. But Mr Dutton told prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, who he tried to oust in a party room vote...

Echoes of 2007 attack on Rudd over his wife's business
The Australian - Chris Merritt - August 23, 2018

Mr Dutton found himself under sustained attack yesterday over whether his family trust's interests in two childcare centres breached section 44 of the Constitution, resulting in Attorney General Christian Porter seeking advice from the Commonwealth Solicitor-General on the matter...

Education sector to launch 10-year policy
Education HQ Australia - August 22, 2018

Education experts are set to launch a 10-year policy vision for the sector, calling for major reforms including a Minister for Early Childhood Education. Trade union United Voice will reveal the "Big Steps" policy plan in Canberra on Wednesday. Among the 10 reforms is equal pay for educators, an investment of one per cent of gross domestic product toward early childhood education, and a Minister for Early Childhood Education, Health and Welfare...

Folkestone lifts profit in 'final' report before takeover
Financial Review - Nick Leneghan - August 22, 2018

Along with its unlisted funds and syndicates, one of the platform's main strengths is the listed fund it manages, the Folkestone Education Trust, a landlord for childcare centres, which was one of the main attractions for Charter Hall. Over the fiscal 2018 year, Folkestone increased...

Defence Withdraws Support For Williamtown Preschool
News of The Area - Rachel Vaughan - August 22, 2018

FAMILIES and staff of Williamtown Preschool, located currently in Raymond Terrace were left reeling this week with the decision by Defence to withdraw its support for the service. Currently the Preschool is run, along with a daycare and playgroup, from a purpose adapted facility in Raymond...

Dutton childcare company received $5.6 million in public money
Sydney Morning Herald - Kylar Loussikian & Dana McCauley - August 22, 2018

A childcare company operated for Peter Dutton's family trust received more than $5.6 million in public Commonwealth funding, placing the Liberal leadership contender in danger of being ineligible to remain in Parliament. Education Department figures, released under Freedom...

Childcare workers to strike next month
Yahoo 7 News - August 22, 2018

Thousands of childcare workers across Australia will walk off the job next month as part of a push to persuade the federal government to increase their pay. "This government is not taking responsibility for funding professional wages for early childhood educators," Helen Gibbons...

Childcare sector defends ratios against Senate report
The Australian - Rebecca Urban - August 22, 2018

Onerous staff-to-child ratios could be scrapped and childcare worker qualifications relaxed, after a Senate report questioned the evidence for stringent regulation of the childcare industry. In a move that is set to attract the ire of early childhood educators, the Senate...

Childcare workers deserve better pay - this is what I do all day
ABC News - Tracy Bell - August 22, 2018

At 32, I made the decision to move into early childhood education and care, for what I thought would be a career where I would be regarded as a professional, respected for the work I did and be able to make a difference in the lives of children. I attained a diploma and advanced...

Researchers urge phonics lessons for all preschoolers
The Australian - Rebecca Urban - August 21, 2018

Education researchers are calling for explicit phonics instruction to be rolled out during preschool, following a study that revealed four-year-olds showed improved reading readiness after just 13½ hours of lessons. The research, conducted by Flinders University, found children...

Arena REIT prepares for changes in childcare sector
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - August 21, 2018

Childcare centre landlord Arena REIT expects to deliver a 5.5 per cent lift in distributions in the current year as it weathers changes in the sector and a looming peak in supply of places. The $600 million property trust - which lifted its distributable income by 21 per cent to...

A new look food allergen portal provides best practice resources on managing allergens
Food & Beverage - August 20, 2018

A new look food allergen portal, the result of a collaboration between industry, consumer and government stakeholders, is providing best practice resources on managing allergens in food. Food Standards Australia New Zealand CEO, Mark Booth, said the portal, which was ...

Parents urged to bring children to Woollahra council meeting to show lack of childcare in eastern suburbs
Daily Telegraph - Emily Macdonald - August 20, 2018

Woollahra council unanimously agreed to investigate funding a council run childcare facility in the wake of the closure of the beloved Benevolent Society run Sir Philip Baxter centre. Councillors did not debate the motion, voting immediately to pass it...

Cash benefits plan will aim to boost NT's population
NT News - Phillippa Butt - August 19, 2018

FINANCIAL incentives will be offered to certain workers if they move to the Northern Territory under a new plan to boost the population. The Sunday Territorian can reveal the NT Government will unveil its population growth strategy this week, with a target of returning the growth...

Federal Government's new childcare rebate mess hits families
The Western Australian - Rhianna Mitchell - August 18, 2018

The roll-out of the Federal Government's new childcare subsidy has been described as time-consuming, frustrating and a "disgusting mess" in a survey of childcare centre operators carried out by the industry's peak body. Almost seven weeks since the introduction of the CCS...