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ACA Qld is thrilled to announce our new national partnership with ChildHR, an online cloud-based Human Resources Software designed by the sector for the sector in order to ensure compliance with HR regulations and assist with staff management and performance reviews.

Exclusive Deal

Through this partnership, ACA Qld members are offered an exclusive deal which provides cost savings and the flexibility to choose the software features and documentation that best suit your service’s needs.

For more information please click here.

Australia’s peak body for private long day early learning services, the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) extends its congratulations to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Coalition on their federal election win.

“The community engagement during the lead up to this election has shown that accessibility and affordability of early learning is an issue that impacts a significant number of Australian families,” ACA President Paul Mondo said.

ACA also commends the Australian Labor Party for its commitment to all of ACA’s Best Start In Life policy requests, and ensuring that access to affordable early learning services was front and centre of this election.

“We’re really pleased that the benefit of high quality, affordable early childhood education to Australia’s young children as well as to future prospects of the Australian economy are increasingly being recognised, both by government and the general community.” Mr Mondo said.

“ACA has enjoyed a positive working relationship with the government, the Department of Education and the Department of Human Services during the design of the Child Care Subsidy, as well as during the transition and implementation.”

“We look forward to continuing this relationship with the government to ensure that their policy affecting the early learning sector delivers outcomes that are in the best interests of Australian families, with a view to giving every child in Australia the best start in life, regardless of their parents’ circumstances or where they live.”

To read the full ACA Media Release please click here.

Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA Qld) GM, Brent Stokes welcomed the opportunity to attend the DoE's Queensland Budget 2019-20 Stakeholder Briefing last week presented by Director-General, Tony Cook. It was a great opportunity to engage with Tony and Deputy Director-General, Sharon Schimming and ask questions relevant to ECEC.

Budget highlights
• $293m funding in 2019-20 (an increase of $22m or 8%)
• Drive continual improvement in the regulation of ECEC (A&R $26.5m over 2 years)
• Support the operation of Early Years Places
• Continue to support universal access to kindergarten ($30.4m over 2 years - 2020)
• Support Qld kindergartens to develop inclusive programs to support children with a disability participating in kindergarten
• Deliver remote kindergarten in 67 Queensland state schools ($7.5m)
• Support kindergarten participation and access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and children from vulnerable and disadvantaged communities

ACA questions
• Long term sustainable funding for kindergarten (4-year old’s)
• Consideration for extending this funding for a second year of kindergarten (3-year old’s)
• Workforce, primarily focused on 2020 ECT requirements and sector preparedness
• Training, Skill sets and ECT Bridging courses (out of scope)


For more information please refer to 2019-20 State budget papers at http://www.budget.qld.gov.au

If you are a member of Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA Qld) you would have received our Member Survey recently. ACA Qld always look for ways to better serve our members. We appreciate and value your membership and want to ensure we meet all your expectations.

To help us continually improve, we encourage you to please take a couple of minutes to tell us about your experience with us. Your feedback will help us better understand what you need from us as the peak body for early childhood education and care services in Queensland.

Click here to complete the survey.

Complete the ACA Qld Member Survey 2019 by Friday, 7 June 2019.

ACA Qld is pleased to announce our new Supporter MemberJani-King Cleaners!

Jani-King understand that the professional presentation and cleanliness of your centre is everything. Your success depends on a clean, hygiencic environment that is safe and comfortable for your children and team.

Click here to view the full email and to see what Jani-King have on offer for our Members!

We have recently received some queries from members about their legal rights when representatives from the Union seek entry to talk to the early childhood educators.

When a workplace is approached by officials representing an organisation such as a trade union, who wish to enter the premises, this type of activity is regulated by provisions under the Fair Work Act 2009.

In particular, these laws seek to balance:

  • the right of organisations to represent their members in the workplace, hold discussions with potential members, and investigate suspected contraventions of workplace laws and instruments, using occupational health and safety laws; and
  • the right of occupiers of premises and employers to go about their business without undue convenience.

In order to enter your premises, an organisation official must have a valid and current entry permit from the Fair Work Commission. The employer is entitled to request the union official to produce that permit. The official must confirm in writing, at least 24 hours before any visit, that the official intends to exercise their right of entry (with the exception of workplace health and safety matters). ​

Union officials cannot force you to call a meeting of staff during working hours but they do have a right to hold discussions with members, or potential members, during meal times or other breaks.  You can agree with the union official on the room or area of the Centre in which the discussions will be held.  If you can’t agree, the discussions must be held in the room or area where employees ordinarily take meals or other breaks.

 
There are a number of other conditions that may need to be met before a trade union can legally enter a workplace so if your service is approached by one or more people representing a trade union and you are not sure what your legal rights are as an employer, contact ACA Qld’s contracted IR advisors, Employer Services, on (07) 3220 3500 to receive free advice as part of your ACA Qld membership.

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