Government listening on child care

Media Release
  • Assistant Minister for Education

Assistant Minister for Education, the Hon Sussan Ley MP today announced the establishment of a Ministerial Advisory Council for the child care and early learning sector.

The Ministerial Advisory Council provides leaders of the sector with a direct opportunity to share their expertise and advice on issues and policies affecting the sector.

Ms Ley noted “the establishment of this Ministerial Advisory Council fulfils an important Coalition election commitment to foster greater industry consultation with government.”

“Almost every child in Australia will attend some form of child care or early learning before they start school and we want to hear from everyone involved in the delivery of this important service.

“This includes everyone from centre operators, to those working in mobile child care, in-home care, services in regional areas, community based organisations and also  those looking after our most vulnerable youngsters,”  Ms Ley said.

Assistant Minister Ley will co-chair the Council with respected former Departmental Secretary, Dr Jeff Harmer AO. The Ministerial Advisory Council members are:

  • Ms Kylie Brannelly – Queensland Children’s Activities Network
  • Ms Gwynn Bridge – Australian Childcare Alliance
  • Ms Brianna Casey -  Childcare NSW
  • Ms Ros Cornish – Early Childhood Australia
  • Ms Anita Jovanovski – NSW Family Day Care Association
  • Ms Christine Legg – KU Children’s Services
  • Ms Judith McKay-Tempest – Macquarie University
  • Ms Carla Northam – Family Day Care Australia
  • Ms Robyn Paterson – National Association of Mobile Services for Rural and Remote Families and Children
  • Ms Prue Warrilow – Australian Community Children’s Services
  • Ms Naomi Wilson – Former QLD Minister for Families Youth and Community Care

"I also believe the Council will be of significant assistance to the Government in discussing and considering the draft Productivity Commission Inquiry report into child care and early childhood learning.”

“And of course, overall the feedback received will help the Government in delivering our commitment to making child care and early learning more affordable, flexible and accessible for all Australian families.”

The first meeting of the Ministerial Advisory Council will be in Brisbane this Monday, 28 July 2014.

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