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...

Short courses short-change students, says ASQA
The Australian - Julie Hare - June 30, 2017

Mandated competency based vocational qualifications across a range of industries and rapacious private providers are driving an alarming shift to unduly short and low-quality courses. Child care, aged care, security, equine program, construction "white" cards and adult training and education were all...

Your child is hurt at kindergarten ... what next?
WA Today - Alison and Jillian Barrett - June 30, 2017

When we leave our children in childcare, we trust that they'll be kept safe and sound. More often than not, our children are safe. But sometimes an incident or injury gives parents cause for concern. When this happens, who is held accountable? The Commonwealth has established a National Quality Frame...

Parents fear price rises, quality cuts as Bain dominates after-school care
Sydney Morning Herald - Michael Evans & Alexandra Smith - June 29, 2017

The traditionally community-owned before-and-after school care sector is under siege with an American private investment firm gobbling up more than a quarter of the national market as it targets profits from another heavily government subsidised sector. Bain Capital, a Boston-based private...

Law partners opt for four-day work week
Financial Review - Joanna Mather - June 29, 2017

The numbers are still small but Australian law firms do harbour a population of partners who are genuine part-timers. For some, childcare is the key motivator. Others are making a lifestyle choice. But one thing is for sure – that day spent out of the office is everybody's favourite part of the week. Wotton + Kearney...

Holes still apparent in ACT reportable conduct scheme to prevent child abuse
Sydney Morning Herald - Katie Burgess - June 28, 2017

Schools, child care centres and health providers will be forced to report all child abuse allegations to the ACT Ombudsman from this Saturday. However the ACT's new reportable conduct scheme does not cover church organisations, Scout groups, sporting clubs or dance schools, despite...

Census 2016: If only the ABS asked the right questions
Sydney Morning Herald - Peter Martin - June 28, 2017

In some ways the census questions about childcare and unpaid domestic work are worse. We are invited to answer yes or no: "Did the person spend time looking after a child without pay." We are invited to pick a range of hours in answer to the question: "Did the person spend time doing unpaid...