The mums who swapped fulltime careers for parenthood
The Daily Telegraph - Mercedes Maguire - October 22, 2016

About 50 per cent of Australian women with a child under 12 months choose home over the workplace. That figure has been dropping steadily since the 1980s, and by the time children are five, only 38 per cent of mums are not in paid employment, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures...

Pundit warns school starting age destined to become key election issue after Government delays change
ABC News - Georgie Burgess - October 21, 2016

The Tasmanian Government's push to lower the school starting age is shaping up to be a state election issue as concerns about the move continue to mount, according to a politics expert. The Government said it would spend another year consulting on its proposal to allow children as young as three...

Childcare: Coalition to push Labor to support its $3bn package
The Guardian - Gareth Hutchens - October 21, 2016

The Turnbull government plans to pressure Labor to support its $3bn childcare package, saying that is the next substantial policy package that ought to pass parliament. Fresh from its compromise deal with Labor on its "omnibus" savings bill last month, which delivered $6.3bn in budget...

Upper House members give in-principle support to school age changes
The Mercury - Loretta Lohberger - October 20, 2016

THE Legislative Council has given "in-principle" support to a proposal to lower Tasmania's school starting age, but more consultation will be done before the Parliament makes a final decision on the reform. To allay concerns raised by some independent members of the Legislative Council...

Broken childcare needs radical reform: ALP
News.com.au - Katina Curtis - October 19, 2016

Australia''s childcare system is broken beyond immediate repair and Labor wants to look at how it can be radically reformed. Too many parents have told opposition spokeswoman for early childhood education Kate Ellis child care is too complicated, too hard to navigate, too inconvenient and too...

Melbourne woman pleads guilty over million-dollar day care scam
ABC News - James Hancock - October 19, 2016

A Melbourne woman has admitted to defrauding the Commonwealth over a multi-million-dollar day care scam, but her four co-accused have denied related charges in court. Adut Deng Ajak Deng, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of dishonestly causing a loss to the Department of Education and...

Lower school age: childcare sector keeps up pressure over education changes
ABC News - October 18, 2016

The childcare sector is again warning of mass job losses and closures as the Upper House prepares to debate lowering Tasmania's school starting age. Early Childhood Australia (ECA) met MLCs this morning for last-minute lobbying. Among wide-ranging changes to the Education Act, is a plan to...

Legislation to lower the school starting is on the edge as it heads to the Legislative Council
The Mercury - Loretta Lohberger & Blair Richards - October 18, 2016

The Government wants to introduce a voluntary minimum starting age of four and a half years for Prep, which would also allow children as young as three and a half to enter Kindergarten. The compulsory school starting age for Prep would remain at five years. Opposition education spokeswoman...

It's that time of year when women like me find out if we can afford to go to work
Sydney Morning Herald - Saman Shad - October 17, 2016

So here I am, with a six-month-old who as yet doesn't have a childcare space for next year. I am of course not the only one in such a predicament. A recent Fairfax survey showed the extent of the issue. Depending on where you lived, wait-times for a childcare spot could be as high as three years...

Could a 9-to-5 school day be the modern day answer for working parents?
News.com.au - Vanessa Brown - October 17, 2016

IT'S the question working parents frequently ask themselves - why aren't school times aligned with regular working hours? While most Australian public schools generally start around 9am, the last bell chimes around 3pm - a whole two hours before their parents generally knock off from work...

Victorian male dominance program for kindy
The Australian - Rebecca Urban - October 17, 2016

Victorian preschoolers will be ­exposed to a controversial program that associates masculinity with dominance, control and violence against women when it is rolled out next year. The state's Education Department is inviting early childhood educators to enrol in respectful relationships training...

The stay-at-home Dad debate: 'When are you getting a real job?'
News.com.au - Debbie Schipp - October 16, 2016

Last month, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released data showing the number of dads using flexible working arrangements to care for their children has doubled since the mid 1990s. "Around 30 per cent of dads took advantage of flexible work hours to look after young children (under 12)"...

Childcare rorting estimated at billions but only five investigators nationwide
The Age - Nick McKenzie & Beau Donelly - October 15, 2016

The federal government has relied on fewer than five departmental investigators across Australia to probe child care fraud estimated to run into the billions of dollars. As state and federal education ministers scramble to deal with the long-standing rorting of Family Day Care subsidies, a Fairfax...

Students screwed by VET loans shake-up
News.com.au - Charis Chang - October 14, 2016

In a statement to news.com.au, Education Minister Simon Birmingham said he "made no apologies" for ensuring taxpayer money was used to support students doing courses with strong employment outcomes to ensure they could afford to pay back their government loan. "Australians rightly expect...

Labor senators mull changes to paid parental leave super
Financial Review - Primrose Riordan - October 13, 2016

Shadow Minister for Small Business and Financial Services Katy Gallagher has backed Labor's policy to push for women and men to be paid superannuation when they are on paid parental leave. Currently employers are not required to make superannuation contributions when their...