ACCS submitted to the Senate Inquiry into the impact of red tape on child care services stressing that the focus on compliance linked to quality ensures safety and well-being for children and safeguards against the use of Government funds to subsidise poor quality and unsafe services that would have potential to harm children. Community children’s services remain very supportive of the National Quality Framework and associated law and regulations.
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 presented ideas to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training on ways to gather clear evidence of the impact of the new Child Care support system on:
- women’s workforce participation
- the participation of families experiencing vulnerability
- sustainability of the service system in communities where many families do not meet the new Activity Test.
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.
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.
ACCS encourages the Labor Party to think big. We ask that Labor considers a national policy framework that works towards the well-being of all Australia’s children that includes ECEC.
Reports from the national quality agency ACECQA continue to show that not-for-profit services have higher quality ratings than for-profit operators.
This comparison is possible due to lobbying from ACCS for ACECQA to report quality ratings by service type.