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GET INVOLVED

We believe that every child in Australia should have access to high quality, affordable and sustainable early learning (childcare) services and therefore the best start in life.


In order to achieve this vision, in addition to ACA Qld’s ongoing engagement with government, we call upon our valued members to engage with government and make sure your voice is heard.


The resources on this website are designed to help you engage with your local politician or candidate, starting from how to approach them, to what to say.

Get involved

HERE'S AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Identify
Identify


Identify your local State Electorate or Federal Electorate Member of Parliament (MP), depending on which level of government you think is more appropriate to contact regarding your issue – you may wish to contact both.

 

To find out which Queensland State Electorate your centre and/or where you live is located in, click here.

 

To find out which Federal Electorate your centre is located in click here. Click on the name of the electorate to see the current MP.

Contact
Contact

 

Contact your Member of Parliament (MP) and other local area candidates in writing.

The best way to do this is to write a letter, as an attachment within an email.

 

You may like to contact us as your association and peak body for ECEC if you need some help writing a letter to arrange a meeting.

 

Whilst it is useful to talk to some of the most important issues in the letter, it’s important not to get too specific, thus providing an incentive for the MP or candidate to meet with you.

 

Visit our Advocacy page to peruse all of the materials available to you for engaging with politicians. 

Follow Up
Follow Up

 

Follow the written contact up with a phone call.

 

We recommend a follow up phone call one or two days after sending the email, to ask if the letter was received and ask if a meeting time could be set up.

 

It is important to be cordial, polite and patient. Remember that MPs and candidates have a huge portfolio of issues to cover, and they require notice in order to make themselves available.

Prepare
Prepare

 

If you are lucky enough to organise a meeting, be sure to prepare your key talking points in advance.

 

As a starting point we recommend you consider ACA Qld's State Election Manifesto and pre-budget submission, however there is no need to over complicate this.  What is important to you as a small business owner/employer/early learning provider, your educators/staff and families?

We believe that with the right policy and financial frameworks in place, Australia could be a world leader in the delivery of high quality ECEC within 10 years.


We greatly appreciate the collective efforts of the early learning sector, along with the families that use these services, in lobbying all sides of politics with a view to ensuring that every child in Australia has access to two years of kindergarten/preschool programs in high quality early learning environments, therefore giving them the best start in life.

We believe that with the right policy and financial frameworks in place, Australia could be a world leader in the delivery of high quality ECEC within 10 years.

 

We greatly appreciate the collective efforts of the early learning sector, along with the families that use these services, in advocating with all sides and levels of politics with a view to ensuring that every child in Australia has the best start in life.