'People are auctioning off their children': Airtasker safety concerns
Sydney Morning Herald - Cara Waters - July 11, 2017

Parents are auctioning off the care of their children online on Australian sharing economy platform Airtasker. Airtasker allows users to post jobs for everything from cleaning to assembling furniture and, more controversially, babysitting. Airtasker user Ajay from Seven Hills in New South Wales...

Parents arc up at 'excessive' Inner West Council slug for being stuck in traffic
Daily Telegraph - David Barwell - July 11, 2017

The crackdown on punctuality will cost parents $45 for each 15-minute period they are late collecting their child after pick-up time. But after two strikes within a year, a $100 fee will apply for the first 15 minutes of lateness - meaning parents would be slugged to $270 for running between 45 minutes...

New schools and childcare centres needed as Sydenham to Bankstown rail corridor boom
Daily Telegraph - Jim O'Rourke & David Barwell - July 11, 2017

"The way in which infrastructure planning is being addressed is a critical concern given that 20,000 new residents will make the inner west home as a result of the strategy," Mr Pearson said. "As well as schools, childcare and community places, we will need new parks, health facilities, local roads...

When the gender pay gap is your business model
Sydney Morning Herald - Kasey Edwards - July 10, 2017

And at least he's not pretending that working mothers are paid less because their responsibilities as carers make them less productive. That myth should have been put to rest by recent research by Ernst & Young showing that working mothers make the most productive employees. Mothers may...

Introducing the nanager: a nanny and home manager
Sydney Morning Herald - Cara Waters - July 10, 2017

Lauren Brown is a new kind of nanny. She cares for and educates children while cooking, cleaning, washing dogs, attending appointments, filing and doing pretty much anything else the families she works with ask her to do. Brown calls herself a "nanager". She''s trademarked the name and set up a...

Some insurers classifying non-risk jobs as hazardous, making it harder for injured workers
The Courier-Mail - Kay Dibben - July 9, 2017

SOME insurers are classifying normally non-risk jobs as "hazardous", making it harder for seriously injured or sick workers to claim total and permanent disability payouts.Actors, authors, disc jockeys and childcare workers are among those treated as working in hazardous occupations by some insurers...

Emerging assets in hot demand for yield hunters
Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - July 7, 2017

Demand for a diversified property portfolio has led to a rise in sales of non-core commercial investment assets such as service stations, childcare centres and government-tenanted buildings. They are dotted around the metropolitan areas and extend to regional towns. In NSW, they continue to achieve tight yields...

Breaches serve as a reminder of your rights to privacy
The Age - Alison & Jillian Barrett - July 6, 2017

The Australian Privacy Principles govern how most Australian government agencies, businesses (including not-for-profit) with an annual turnover of more than $3 million, private health service providers (eg. doctors, any holistic or alternate therapy businesses, gyms, childcare centres) and some small...

Azarenka wants childcare at all WTA events
SBS News - July 6, 2017

Victoria Azarenka has called for expanded childcare facilities for players as she makes her tennis return at Wimbledon after giving birth six months ago. The double Australian Open champion is now travelling with son Leo and is discovering the complexities with keeping an infant safe and entertained...

Casual workers could get permanent roles
SBS News - July 5, 2017

Casual workers could be offered permanent roles after 12 months under a Fair Work Commission proposal, which unions say will help tackle an "epidemic" of insecure work. In a decision published on Wednesday, the commission said a "casual conversion provision" was necessary to make sure employers did not...

Queenie's Little Book of Comfort helping child victims of family violence
ABC News - Natalie Whiting - July 5, 2017

The scourge of domestic abuse has become a national talking point, but including some of the youngest victims in that conversation is difficult. Two early childhood educators from Tasmania, Judi Rhodes and Tanya McQueen, were struck by the lack of resources to help. So they made one themselves...

Labor opposes proposed merger between out of school hours care centres
ABC News - Stephanie Borys - July 4, 2017

The Federal Opposition is calling for a proposed merger between two out of school hours care providers to be scrapped. Camp Australia, which was recently acquired by the US-based investment firm Bain Capital, is looking at merging with before and after school care provider Junior Adventures...

Inspectors find one-third of centres failing checks
Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - July 3, 2017

ONE-third of the state's family daycare operators have been shut down in the past year for flouting child safety rules. Childcare inspectors found failures at every one of the 412 centres checked since the start of last year. And the Education Department has been forced to close or suspend 119 operators...

Australian-first laws to reverse onus of proof for institutions in child sex abuse cases
ABC News - Richard Willingham - July 3, 2017

Victims of child abuse will be able to sue organisations that employed abusers more easily under Australian-first laws that take effect in Victoria today. The new state laws would stop religious institutions, community organisations, childcare facilities and government bodies that look after children from...

Au pair visa: Government considers flexible deal to ease childcare burden
The Daily Telegraph - Sharri Markson - July 1, 2017

A SPECIAL au pair visa to help make childcare more affordable­ and flexible - and enable mothers to return to work - is being considered by the Turnbull government. Immigration and Border Protection Assistant Minister Alex Hawke is looking at proposals­ for a special au pair and carer visa, allowing...