Thousands of South Australian families to be targeted by ATO over childcare
The Daily Advertiser - Matt Smith - June 29, 2019

Thousands of South Australian families are being warned to check their paperwork as the Australian Taxation Office begin auditing salaries and comparing it to child care rebates. The impact of the most significant reforms to the child care sector in forty years are expected to be felt in coming weeks...

New laws, changes coming into effect on July 1 | What you need to know
SBS News - June 29, 2019

Child care subsidy rates - Combined annual family income is one of the parameters that determine the amount of Child Care Subsidy a family is entitled to. From July 1, the subsidy will be contributed based on a family's combined income with the following thresholds...

Structural issues and understaffing plague Canberra’s early childhood education sector
The Riot Act - Lachlan Roberts - June 29, 2019

The peak body for Australia’s early childhood sector says it has become increasingly difficult to hire and retain early childcare staff in the ACT, as centres across the territory struggle with understaffing. Early Childhood Australia CEO Samantha Page said that around 30 new centres had opened across...

Port Phillip Council embroiled in controversial debate over childcare
The Age - Jewel Topsfield - June 28, 2019

City of Port Phillip Mayor Dick Gross has claimed the system of funding child care in the municipality is “broken”, with a centre with mainly housing commission children receiving no council funding while wealthy families at other centres were subsidised. The council is debating whether to cease operating childcare centres...

New feedAustralia mobile app launched, designed to prevent rising child obesity levels
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 28, 2019

The Commonwealth Department of Health and feedAustralia have collaborated to design a new data-driven app which aims to prevent the increasing rate of childhood obesity and promote healthy eating amongst Australia’s youngest citizens who attend child care. The feedAustralia will be formally launched...

Peter Dutton renounced childcare centre interest
The Australian - Rosie Lewis - June 27, 2019

Peter Dutton has relinquished his interest in a family trust that cast doubt over his eligibility to sit in parliament before he nominated for the May election, lifting a constitutional cloud that had remained for months over the Home Affairs Minister. Mr Dutton’s office confirmed he “formally renounced any interest...

Padstow childcare centre’s ‘devastating’ fire being treated as suspicious
The Daily Telegraph - Lawrence Machado - June 27, 2019

The owner of the Padstow childcare centre gutted in a fire this week says its devastation has “destroyed” his life and impacted the lives of attending families. Bankstown Police Acting Inspector Peter Campton told the Express, “we are treating the fire as suspicious and we have established a crime scene”...

Family Matters: Accessible childcare benefits the nation
The Armidale Express - Margaret Sims - June 27, 2019

Now that the federal election is over we know that we are not going to benefit from the ALP childcare proposals. That is most unfortunate given these represented potentially the biggest economic reform offered in many years. This reform agenda had the potential to benefit us in many different ways...

Legend Park Kindergarten and Dover Street Preschool need more children
Herald Sun - Geordie Cowan - June 27, 2019

Two Monash kinders threatened with closure have been given a stay of execution but must boost their numbers or they will be shut down. Legend Park Kindergarten in Glen Waverley was last week given a last-minute reprieve by Monash Council, while Dover Street Preschool in Oakleigh East also has to meet...

Hocking child care consultation to close
Wanneroo Times - Lucy Jarvis - June 27, 2019

Public consultation on a $2 million childcare centre in Hocking will close next Wednesday. The City of Wanneroo has invited submissions on a plan for a centre accommodating up to 135 children and 22 staff at the 4 Gungurru Avenue development until July 3. The proposed operating hours would be between...

The Strathpine Centre is set for a modern overhaul of its entertainment precinct
The Courier Mail - David Alexander - June 27, 2019

A major shopping centre north of Brisbane has applied to create a new modern entertainment and leisure precinct in the complex. Strathpine Centre owner Swordfish Australian Sub TC has lodged an application with Moreton Bay Council to refurbish part of the existing centre and add a child care centre and hotel...

Vulnerable children supported through innovative EYEP program targeting early years
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 27, 2019

Children who participated in a unique early years learning model have made gains across their IQ, resilience and emotional development factors, an Australian study led by the University of Melbourne has found. There is also evidence emerging that the program supported their caregivers to have...

Wendouree Children’s Centre helps young learners speak same language
Mirage News - June 27, 2019

The Japanese language program at Wendouree Children’s Centre is building early cognitive and increased literacy skills. City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh showcased the initiative to Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino, and Juliana Addison MP, Member for Wendouree, in a special visit...

New laws, changes coming into Australia on July 1 2019 and how they affect you
NT News - Shoba Rao - June 27, 2019

Australians are about to see a raft of changes come in from July 1 that will change the way we all work and live. See what’s afoot in some of the new rules coming into force that affect families with their tax, wages, child care, power prices, property and cars. Other changes are also coming for retirees with superannuation...

Interstate buyers swoop on petrol stations and childcare centres
Australian Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - June 26, 2019

Interstate buyers swooped on two childcare centres in Geelong and Brisbane, and a Coles Express petrol station in Ipswich, as part of a Melbourne portfolio auction, which achieved a 50 per cent success rate. Of the 12 mainly retail investments offered for sale by estate agents Burgess Rawson, six sold...