Outcome 1 priorities

  • Assist parents and carers to access affordable child care and support them in their roles as early childhood educators and carers.
  • Work with state and territory governments to identify opportunities to improve and streamline the implementation of the NQF.
  • Support the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning to consider ways to make Australia’s child care and early learning system more flexible, affordable and accessible while supporting workforce participation and addressing children’s learning and development needs. The Commission’s final report will be provided to government by the end of October 2014.
  • On behalf of the Council of Australian Governments, commence reviews of both the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education and the National Partnership Agreement on the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care.
  • Provide child care services with information and support to enable services to be compliant with the family assistance law; and take proportionate compliance action against those services found to be breaching the law.
  • Continue to work in partnership with state and territory governments to implement the AEDC, which will provide governments, communities, schools and early childhood services with information on how children are progressing across key developmental areas in their communities.
  • Invest in programmes and infrastructure to improve access to quality early childhood learning and child care services.
  • Improve the qualifications and skill levels of child care and early learning educators to meet the requirements of the NQF.
  • Complete the review of the BBF programme.
  • Progressively expand HIPPY to 50 new locations by 2015, with an emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; and continue to deliver HIPPY in the existing 50 locations.