The five most powerful people in education
The Australian Financial Review Magazine - Robert Bolton - September 28, 2020

In one sense the pandemic has been good for higher education: it has brought forward the reform that would have taken years to happen. Universities have had to face the weakness in their business model – what happens to research funding when international student fees dry up?

Savills sell North Ryde childcare centre to local Asian investor
Property Observer - Staff Reporter - September 28, 2020

A local Asian investor has purchased a 1,106 sqm strata space let to an operating childcare at 1 Network Place, North Ryde NSW from international developer Risland. It was purchased for $4,650,000. The property is currently occupied by Kids Planet Childcare under ...

Plans submitted for inner city Brisbane `breathing’ mixed-use subtropical tower, apart of evolving precinct
The Courier Mail - Chris Herde - September 28, 2020

A NSW-based developer has lodged plans for an inner city 24-storey “landmark” tower with subtropical design elements that will have a hotel, offices, a childcare centre and ground floor retail. The proposed development at 41-47 Brookes Street, Bowen Hills, features an...

Not much relief for parents, but new child-care measures will rescue providers (again)
The Conversation - Kate Noble, Victoria University - September 28, 2020

Child care will reopen to all Melbourne families this week, as the Australian government’s latest child care support package comes into effect. Education Minister Dan Tehan has pledged: an additional A$305.6 million for families and child-care providers to deliver hip pocket relief and ...

What ought to be in Budget 2020 for Australian women?
Yahoo Finance - Bianca Hartge-Hazelman - September 28, 2020

There are calls for the Federal Budget to address a worsening gender crisis that’s hurting women in the areas of financial equity and domestic violence. In all the years that I have covered the Budget, typically unveiled in May, there has been little to address systemic financial inequalities...

Budget cannot rely on construction alone to boost economy
Sydney Morning Herald - Elizabeth Hill - September 28, 2020

Opinion: Pre-budget speculation points to a big focus on "shovel-ready" construction projects, but these will not deliver maximum jobs and will exacerbate gender inequality. We need a more balanced approach to stimulus that includes serious investment in social infrastructure...

Melbourne's coronavirus restrictions roadmap has changed. Here's what's happening with the curfew, exercise, childcare, schools, gatherings and more
ABC News - Leonie Thorne - September 27, 2020

Childcare for all children and school returning early: Melburnians will no longer require a permit for childcare, and the 5-kilometre limit will not apply; One childminder or babysitter will be allowed for in-home childcare; All primary school children will return to on-site learning from October 12...

Primary schools to re-open as infection rates among children revealed
Herald Sun - Grant McArthur - September 27, 2020

Primary school students will return to Melbourne classrooms in a fortnight, however the majority of high school pupils face further weeks of remote learning. Melbourne parents are also celebrating as childcare centres are reopened to all children from today. Students from prep to grade six...

Edmonton Community Kindergarten petitions to stop development of new centre across the road
Cairns Post - Toby Vue - September 25, 2020

A long-running daycare centre south of Cairns has launched a petition against a proposed centre just 45 metres down the road, arguing that the suburb has an oversupply of such services. Citicare Cairns in mid-June submitted a development application to Cairns Regional Council ...

Easing of NSW health restrictions for weddings, schools welcomed
Financial Review - Finbar O'Mallan - September 24, 2020

Revival of school activities: Interschool sports, school camps and formals will all be able to go ahead in term four. Mr Johnson said this would help holiday parks across NSW that relied on big school groups. Thursday's announcement included allowing one parent to attend ...

Fast food, service station, childcare centre defy auction blues
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - September 24, 2020

Private investors brushed aside economic worries and pandemic uncertainty to bid fiercely for a portfolio of "essential services" investments, with 11 of 13 properties – or 85 per cent – selling under the hammer. The offering of fast food outlets, childcare centres, petrol stations, a bank ...

Historic police barracks and new childcare site damaged by blaze
Brisbane Times - Matt Dennien - September 24, 2020

Investigators are still working to find the cause of a fire that ripped through a historic police barracks and child care centre construction site in Brisbane's north overnight. About 40 firefighters were eventually called to the site on Enoggera Road in Newmarket to find the buildings engulfed...

Childcare centre allegedly exposed child to risk during excursion
The Courier Mail - Kara Sonter, Caboolture Shire Herald - September 24, 2020

A childcare centre is facing several charges after a string of alleged offences related to excursions near Caboolture. A Guppy’s Early Learning Centre is accused of failing to ensure a risk assessment was properly carried out before an excursion on or about May 21, 2019...

Waverley College Waterford Preschool to close as Woollahra Preschool expands
The Daily Telegraph - Emily Macdonald - September 24, 2020

Waverley College is closing a beloved preschool which has operated for more than half a century as Woollahra Council instead expands its preschool space making way for an additional 40 families. Waterford Preschool at Waverley College will close at the end of the year...

'Baby bonus not back': MPs want childcare and tax benefits instead
WA Today - Jennifer Duke - September 22, 2020

A baby bonus to offset a plummeting fertility rate is unlikely to be on the cards despite warnings of 280,000 fewer births by 2024, as a disparate group of MPs and senators recommend a re-examination of family tax benefits, cheaper childcare and extra economic stimulus instead...