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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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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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Response to Early Childhood Development Workforce Productivity Commission Draft Research Report, June 2011

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ACCS is excited about this timely review by the Productivity Commission. There are significant changes occurring in the early childhood sector through the Council of Australia Governments (COAG) process and the early childhood reforms it is implementing. These changes will impact on the quality assurance frameworks applied to children’s services, the regulations that underpin this frameworks and the early childhood sector workforce that will be implementing these changes…

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Response to Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill (2010)

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The Bill provides the opportunity to entrench the intent of key principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) into a separate statutory office which values children as citizens and holders of rights.

ACCS welcomes the Bill’s intent for the Commissioner to coordinate policies, programs and funding across Australia which impact on children and young people (Bill 2010 3.3.c; p3). Such an approach is long overdue and will overarch the current fragmented approach to policy as it relates to children, young people and the families and communities that surround them.

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Response to Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Budget Measures) Bill 2010

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ACCS has always argued that the CCR is a flawed mechanism and calls on the Government to abandon the rebate and roll the funds into increasing CCB fee subsidies for low and middle income families. High income families on $100,000 a year or more receive double the rebate of families on low incomes of under $30,000. Child Care Benefit is a progressive system of support
for families, offering the highest assistance where it is most needed. The rebate undoes all of the good work of CCB…

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Submission to Australian Treasury Inquiry into Creeping Acquisitions – The Way Forward, 2009

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ACCS believes that government must use both regulatory and public policy levers to ensure that what remains of ABC Learning does not grow again and that no future child care operator can grow to be such a monolith in the children’s services sector. The
government must maintain control in children’s services as the market does not deliver consumer power for families…

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ACCS Policy on Child Care Planning Controls

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ACCS believes that families and children have the right to choose not for profit community owned children’s services. No community should be limited to commercial, for-profit services.

ACCS believes that the Australian Government has an important role in developing planning legislation for all service types (long day care, occasional care, family day care, outside school hours care, in-home care) that ensures that families have access to not-for-profit community owned children’s services, allowing families’ choice in child care. Australia needs a system that allows and encourages the development of community owned services, while preventing new commercial for-private-profit services from opening where they will undermine the viability of existing services…

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ACCS Opposes Suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act

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ACCS, as the national peak body advocating for the right of Australia’s children to access quality, not-for-profit, community children’s services opposes the suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) in the Northern Territory (NT). ACCS calls on the Commonwealth Government to act immediately to introduce amendments to the Northern Territory Emergency Response legislation (NTER) to ensure it complies with the RDA…

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