Turnbull Government to announce $110 million boost to youth mental healthcare services
Herald Sun - Tom Minear - January 8, 2018

TEACHERS will be armed with advice to identify and prevent mental health problems in their classrooms as part of a $110 million package to fight depression and anxiety in young Australians. The Herald Sun can reveal the Turnbull Government will today announce ...

Childcare fee rises to ease, Education Minister Simon Birmingham claims
Financial Review - Andrew Tillett - January 7, 2018

Childcare operators will be expected to keep fee increases more aligned with inflation as reforms are rolled out, with the Turnbull government already claiming success for helping ease the pressure on parents. Education Minister Simon Birmingham released ...

Families lose in childcare plan: Labor
News.com.au - Dominica Sanda - January 7, 2018

The Turnbull government's new childcare package has been slammed by Labor which says thousands of families will be worse off under the reforms. The new childcare package, which comes into effect from July 2, means low income families will be paying more for childcare ...

Hit the internet to find family fun that''s easy on the budget
Herald Sun - Susie O''Brien - January 7, 2018

PARENTS should shop around for school holiday discounts, vouchers and freebies to keep kids occupied for little or no cost, experts say. Many of Victoria''s major ­attractions offer discounts for groups, lower prices when tickets are bought online ...

Darwin childcare provider Bridge Family Day Care named on Child Care Enforcement Action Register
NT News - Annika Smethurst - January 7, 2018

LEANYER'S Bridge Family Day Care is the sole Northern Territory childcare provider to land on the Federal Government''''s name and shame register of “dodgy” operators. The Child Care Enforcement Action Register, which shows details of child care providers ...

Perth''s dodgy day care providers reprimanded
WA Today - Jon Daly - January 7, 2018

Four West Australian family day care centres had their licenses cancelled or suspended last year for using fraudulent means to obtain federal funding or other issues. A-Z Family Day Care Provider in Malaga, Alpha & Omega Family Day Care in Girrawheen...

Childcare fee growth falls to its lowest rate in seven years
Daily Telegraph - Annika Smethurst - January 7, 2018

THERE is some hope for the soaring cost of childcare, with the annual fee growth slowing to its lowest rate in seven years, new figures have revealed. After a decade of annual ­average fee increases of 6.7 per cent, the cost of long day care increased by just 4 per cent - to $9.15 an hour...

No Jab No Play: New WA vaccination laws reject doctor's note
Perth Now - Regina Titelius - January 7, 2018

Letters from doctors excusing children from immunisation will be rejected under the new rules. Instead, childcare and early education centres will only accept immunisation history statements from the Australian Immunisation Register as proof of any medical exemption. Exemptions would...

New database to name, shame dodgy day care
ABC Radio - Stephen Smiley - January 6, 2018

Fake attendance records, unnecessary fees, and even suspected support for terrorism, they're among the reasons given for cancelling or suspending day care licences on a new Commonwealth website. The Federal Government is today unveiling its new Child Care Enforcement Action Register...

Name and shame plan to ensure parents can choose reputable carers for children
Herald Sun - Tom Minear - January 6, 2018

DOZENS of dodgy childcare services will be named and shamed from today in a bid to help parents ensure they have reputable carers for their children. A new register, which will go online today, reveals 16 Victorian daycare providers had their government subsidies cancelled in the last...

Child care fees: Parents forced to pay extra $300 a year
The Courier Mail - Matthew Killoran - January 5, 2018

PARENTS have been forced to fork out an extra $300 a year in childcare fees and face more planned increases this year. Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the Government was aware that too many families continued to struggle with rising prices. But projected growth...

Dozens of dodgy childcare centres on notice in state crackdown
WA Today - Ebony Bowden - January 4, 2018

Four Victorian childcare centres were shut down last year and one provider prosecuted after a child wandered out of a Point Cook centre twice. A further 22 compliance notices were issued in a statewide crackdown on dodgy childcare providers in 2017, with centres found guilty of...

60,000 illegal migrants hiding in Australia
Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - January 4, 2018

The department now wants landlords and childcare centres to verify visas before they let people rent a property or enrol kids in daycare. And they are demanding tougher screening before people can open a bank account, get a driver's licence or obtain a WorkCover licence to work on a...

Childcare deregulation will help plummeting birth rates
The Cairns Post - Julian Tomlinson - January 4, 2018

Childcare then presents a new issue and another one the government has too much control over. Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm drew a storm of criticism last year when he said " … you don't need a Certificate III and 18 months of study to be a childcare worker to wipe...

IEU taking big steps toward teacher pay equity
Coffs Harbour Advocate - Greg White - January 4, 2018

EVIDENCE and submissions to support the pay equity claim for early childhood teachers has been lodged by the Independent Education Union (IEU). This is the latest step in the case that has been running before the Fair Work Commission since 2013 with the union seeking pay rises...