Australian Community Children’s Services – Advocating nationally for the right of Australia’s children to access quality, not-for-profit, community children’s services.

ACCS is the peak body representing Australia’s not-for-profit community owned children’s services and those who support the right of children to access these services. ACCS builds on the strong history of the National Association of Community Based Children’s Services (NACBCS) Est 1982.

ACCS Response to ACCC Issues Paper on Proposed Merger between Camp Australia and Junior Adventures Group

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25 August 2017

ACCS has provided advice to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on the potential establishment of a very large private provider in the Outside School Hours Services sector. We have drawn on the knowledge of our members and our observations about the dangerous impact of large corporations operating in the long day care sector.

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Have Your Say! ACCS Trends in Community Children’s Services Survey (TICCSS) is Here!

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Australian Community Children’s Services (ACCS) invites you to complete the Trends in Community Children’s Services Survey (TICCSS), and to share your views and experiences of delivering not-for-profit children’s services at this time.

Your views and experiences are a vital ingredient for effective advocacy for community children’s services around Australia. In this 4th wave we would like to hear about your service’s experiences with the national quality framework, recruitment and retention of staff, ratios, waiting lists, fees and fee increases, and vulnerabilities in your community.

ACCS is pleased to have received funding from the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council to conduct another three waves of TICCSS, from 2017 to 2020. This research has ethical approval through the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), approval number 1700000692.

For more information, please follow this link to the Participant Information Sheet.

To start the survey, please click here.

Response to Draft Guidelines for Community Child Care Fund

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ACCS is particularly pleased with the eligibility criteria requiring not-for-profit status for the recipient agencies. However, we believe that the goals of the Community Child Care Fund would be better served if the Guidelines recognised that some services will not be able to transition to a model of operation that is self-sustaining. Entrenched poverty, long-term unemployment and disadvantage make sustainability without additional government funding impossible in many communities.

 

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ACCS CALLS FOR ACTION TO CLOSE POOR QUALITY REGISTERED TRAINING ORGANISATIONS

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ACCS rejects a proposal from the Commonwealth Education Department to set up a Preferred Provider Scheme as a strategy to improve the quality of training in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector.
We believe that resources are more effectively directed to strengthening the capacity of the regulator ASQA to regulate RTOs.
Our submission sets out ten actions that government and the regulator can take to put poor quality RTOs out of action

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ACCS Election Platform 2016

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As the peak body advocating nationally for the right of Australia’s children to access quality, not for profit, community children’s services, ACCS calls on the major parties contesting the federal election to respond to our headline issues:

  • Increase the fee subsidy to 90 per cent of the full costs of early childhood education and care (ECEC) for low income families and 100 per cent of the full costs for children who are experiencing vulnerability or who are at risk
  • All children, including those of non-working parents, are eligible for subsidised ECEC for at least 2 days per week  – from a minimum of 18 hours up to 24 hours per week reflecting the operating hours of the service
  • Build a skilled and professional early childhood workforce – no HECS, free TAFE
  • No children and their families in detention in Australia or off-shore

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