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.

COALITION POLICY MISSES MOST OF ACCS ELECTION PLATFORM

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29.6.16

The Coalition has replied to our request for a response to the ACCS Federal Election Platform. In it, they formally acknowledge their appreciation of ACCS’s contribution to the development of policy on child care. In particular they acknowledge our participation in the Productivity Commission Inquiry, the Regulatory Impact Statement and other consultations and say that ‘we are grateful for your ongoing insights and input.’

‘It has been particularly worthwhile having Prue Warrilow represent ACCS on the Ministerial Advisory Council…’

Click on the link below to read the full response and see the match to our policy proposal to maintain the minimum two days per week of subsidised care for non-working families and a partial response to our call for building of a skilled and professional early childhood workforce.

http://ausccs.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Coalition-response-to-ACCS-platform.pdf

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DO THE MAJOR PARTIES DELIVER GOOD POLICY FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD?

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27.6.16
ACCS has assessed the policies of the major parties against the ACCS platform for the federal election.

Our scorecard shows that once again the Greens are well ahead of the ALP and the Coalition trails behind. But none of the parties fully delivers what we believe is good policy for Australia’s children.

So there is more work to be done after the election by those who believe in the right of Australia’s children to access quality, not for profit, community children’s services.

The full scorecard can be viewed here:

http://ausccs.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2016electionscorecard-1.pdf

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ALP POLICY MISSES MOST OF ACCS ELECTION PLATFORM

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24.6.16

The ALP has replied to our request for a response to the ACCS Federal Election Platform. Click on the link below to read the response and see the match to our policy proposal to maintain the minimum two days per week of subsidised care for non-working families and a partial response to our call for building of a skilled and professional early childhood workforce.

http://ausccs.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2016ALPresponse.pdf

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GREENS POLICY A CLOSE MATCH TO ACCS ELECTION PLATFORM

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22.6.16

The Greens Party has replied immediately to our request for a response to the ACCS Federal Election Platform.

Click on the link below to see the close match to our policy proposals that benefit children and their families.

ACCS calls on its members across Australia to distribute the response from the Greens to families in their communities – to inform their vote on 2 July.

A full score card, assessing the policies of all the major parties against the ACCS election policies will be published when all responses are received.

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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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