Jab refusers to lose payments
The West Australian - Cathy O'Leary - January 1, 2016

The families of more than 3000 WA children stand to lose money from today as new rules kick in that deny vaccination conscientious objectors some welfare payments. Vaccination objection has been removed from the exemption category that allows parents to receive childcare benefits and...

Australian parents to face another childcare fee hike
The Daily Telegraph - Lauren Wilson - December 30, 2015

PARENTS with kids in care could see their childcare bills rise again from January 1, when centres are forced to put on extra staff to meet the latest changes to the National Quality Framework. The Australian Childcare Alliance is predicting fees could rise by as much as $5 a day, as childcare centres in...

Indigenous communities fear Federal Government's child care changes will impact 'most vulnerable'
ABC News - Julie Doyle - December 29, 2015

Fresh concerns have been raised over the potential consequences of the Federal Government's overhaul of the childcare sector. The Government has proposed legislation that would end a program that provides funding for services specifically tailored for Indigenous children. It wants to move these...

Vaccine objector numbers fall to three-year lows as payment cuts loom
The Border Mail - Matthew Raggatt - December 26, 2015

The rate of recorded conscientious objectors has fallen to three-year lows as vaccine law changes which will strip hundreds of Canberra parents of federal payments worth thousands of dollars take effect from January 1. The extension to the federal government's "no jab, no play" policy has been...

Childcare centres closed over Christmas holidays, but parents still have to pay
The Daily Telegraph - Carleen Frost - December 24, 2015

Many childcare centres close on public holidays, including Christmas and Boxing Day, but still charge parents the full rate. But some centres have gone even further and will continue to charge parents during extended festive shutdowns, leaving parents angry they are having to pay while trying...

Man jailed for abusing children at family day care centre run by his wife
The Age - Mark Russell - December 23, 2015

A father of three who abused four young children at a family day care centre run by his wife has been jailed for six years and three months. One of the victims, a girl now aged nine, told her mother she no longer wanted to live and felt angry, sad and scared. Her mother described how just going to school...

Education: Contracts cancelled, rules tightened in crackdown on substandard training colleges
The Age - Timna Jacks - December 22, 2015

A damning review of the vocational sector in July revealed widespread fraud, substandard training, and rorting of the Victorian Training Guarantee, which is a government training subsidy servicing nearly 500 providers. The review sparked a $9 million quality blitz of the sector which receives $1.2 billion...

Paypal founder Peter Thiel eyes investment in Melbourne start-up
Financial Review - Michael Bailey - December 22, 2015

He says the app can save a childcare centre the salaries of up to two administrators, by automating payments and record keeping through integrations with multiple payments platforms (including Paypal) and accounting systems (including Xero, in which Thiel became an investor in 2010)...

Anti-vaxers taking posters and pamphlets promoting vaccination in hospitals and clinics
Herald Sun - Grant McArthur and Jane Hansen - December 20, 2015

ANTI-vaccination vandals are ripping down posters that promote the benefits of lifesaving injections at hospitals and health centres. They claim they are trying to protect children by removing vital information, even stealing pamphlets from childcare centres in attempts to prevent parents knowing...

Classic Aussie Christmas song Six White Boomers banned by childcare centres
The Courier Mail - Jackie Sinnerton - December 19, 2015

CHILDCARE centres have banned the singing or playing of classic Aussie Christmas song Six White Boomers. A popular children's festive song for more than five decades, the Santa story with an Australian twist was co-written by fallen star Rolf Harris. He was jailed in July last year for five...

More dads juggle work to mind kids
The West Australian - Kate Emery - December 18, 2015

A benchmark State Government report to be released today shows almost half of all WA fathers now use flexible work arrangements to care for children. Though mothers are still more likely to use flexible work for child care, the proportion doing so is falling as the proportion of men increases...

Six charged in Melbourne with fraudulent childcare claims worth $16 million
The Australian - Rosie Lewis - December 17, 2015

Six people have been charged in Melbourne''s western suburbs for allegedly submitting fraudulent claims for taxpayer-funded family day care payments worth nearly $16 million. Australian Federal Police have also seized assets worth $1.1m that are believed to be proceeds of the alleged crime...

Government caps places under subsided nanny trial due to lower than expected demand
ABC News - Julie Doyle - December 16, 2015

The Federal Government's trial of subsidised nannies has attracted less interest than anticipated, leading to a reduction in the number of places offered. The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) confirms the Government has capped the pilot program at 3,000 places to reflect lower...

Illawarra childcare centre creating breed of baby scientists
ABC News - Justin Huntsdale - December 16, 2015

An Illawarra early childhood education centre has become the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere to provide a special science program to students. Its a training model that has swept across much of Germany and parts of Europe, and this week, Wollongong-based Big Fat Smile Kenny Street...

Treasurer Scott Morrison's first budget review test
News.com.au - Kara Vickery - December 15, 2015

Treasurer Scott Morrison has announced new savings in the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook including a crackdown on welfare payments, health cuts and tougher means testing for childcare. Smaller than predicted revenues contributed to a forecast budget deficit of $37.4 billion, with a...