Who is ACCS?

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 is committed to:

  • Children, families and communities
  • Children’s entitlements for the best care, education and health services
  • Community ownership
  • Connected services for children, families and local communities
  • Cost effective services – not for profit
  • Cultural diversity and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as custodians of the land
  • We are building on the strong history of NACBCS (Est. 1982)

What are Community Children’s Services?

Community children’s services are operated as social enterprises, delivering high quality financially viable services which deliver public infrastructure for the long term; they are operated by a range of not-for-profit providers including local government, churches, educational institutions, parent associations/co-operatives and other non-government organisations.

They include centre based early childhood education and care (long day care/ kindergarten/ preschool) and occasional care, outside school hours care, and home based care such as family day care and in-home care. Community children’s services include emerging models of integrated child and family centres, and flexible innovative models for rural communities and for children and families with additional needs.

These services foster children’s development, support their families and build the community.

ACCS’ Aspiration for Australian families

Every family will have the choice of high quality not-for-profit children’s services.
We work towards the achievement of a vision in which every community will be supported by community children’s services characterised by:

  • Access to high quality children’s services
  • Social inclusion through active community ownership of children’s services
  • Professional children’s services workforce
  • Strong policy and legal framework
  • Universal not-for-profit service delivery

How do you join?

ACCS is an unincorporated, non-profit federation of branches in each State and Territory. Each branch brings together individuals and organisations in a State or Territory to appoint two delegates to the National Council, which in turn appoints Office Bearers of the National Secretariat.

NSW
Prue Warrilow, National Convenor
Kim Bertino, National Secretary

VIC
Linda Davison National Deputy Convenor
Lynn Turner

WA
Sally Griffiths, National Treasurer
Natasha Pouw-Bray

TAS
Zoe Manning

SA
Robyn Geisler
Verity Bierenboim

QLD
Cathy Kennedy
Kerrie Wilson

NT
Cheryl Anderson

ACCS receives no Government funding and relies on membership fees from the Branches to cover its operational costs. There is no individual membership of ACCS at the national level. To join ACCS, contact the branch in your state or territory.

ACCS holds several national meetings a year for the National Council. Discussion and communication throughout the Association occurs through electronic processes and teleconferences. ACCS website and the bulletin ACCS In Action provide current updates on activities, policy developments and media coverage.

To join ACCS or for other information contact the National Secretariat email secretariat@ausccs.org.au or phone 0407 948 634