Submissions

Family Day Care Australia represents our members to government by consulting with the membership and making submissions regarding issues which impact on the family day care sector.

To view Family Day Care Australia’s recent submissions, please click on the links below.
 


FDCA Submission to the 2019 Review of the National Quality Framework

On 28 June 2019, FDCA made a submission to the 2019 Review of the National Quality Framework. The submission is underpinned by FDCA’s strongly held positions that: 

  • FDCA does not support any regulatory changes that will further restrict the viability of the family day care sector or limit the capacity for legitimate growth; and
  • Consistency of implementation of the NQF is paramount if the validity of the NQF is to be sustained. 

FDCA submission to the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement on family day care residences with swimming pools, spas and water features in WA

On 13 May 2019 FDCA made a submission to the WA Dept of Communities in response  to the recently released Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) on family day care residences with swimming pools, spas and water features in WA. The CRIS was developed to canvas proposed changes to regulations and other policy options to address recommendations made by Coroner Sarah Linton following the inquest into the tragic drowning of Lachlan James Mitchell at his family day care service on 9 November 2015.


Expert review of Australia’s vocational education and training system

On 25 January 2019, FDCA made a submission to the Expert Review of Australia’s vocational education and training system. The submission highlights a number of concerns in relation to content and quality of education and training and quality and consistency of information about qualifications and employment outcomes relevant to the family day care sector. It also advocates for incentivising uptake of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care in regional and remote areas to meet strong and growing demand for early childhood education and care services in those areas.


Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Red Tape Inquiry into the effect of red tape on child care

In early April 2018 FDCA made a submission to the Senate Select Committee on Red Tape regarding the effect of red tape on the child care sector. The submission outlines a number of concerns in relation to administrative burden and red tape in the family day care sector including the significant increase in regulatory burden over recent years, coupled with the decline in operational funding.


Jobs for Families Child Care Package – Submission to the Senate Inquiry March 2017

A Senate Inquiry into the provisions of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017 was referred to the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs in March 2017. FDCA provided a submission to the Inquiry on behalf of our membership, however as the Bill presented no major amendments to the Jobs for Families Child Care Package legislation, the submission was primarily a reiteration of the key positions initially provided in our submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016.


Jobs for Families Child Care Package – Submission to the Senate Inquiry September 2016

A Senate Inquiry into the provisions of the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016 was referred to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee in September 2016. FDCA provided a submission to the Senate Inquiry on behalf of our membership, largely through a reiteration of our original submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Jobs for Families Child Care Package Bill 2015. FDCA also appeared at the public hearing to give evidence.


2016 Federal Election Commitments document – June 2016

In the lead up to the 2016 Federal Election, FDCA provided an election commitments document asking each of the major political parties where they stand on the key issues of quality, accessibility, affordability and flexibility in the early childhood education and care sector.


Jobs for Families Child Care Package – Submission to the Senate Inquiry January 2016

An Inquiry into the provisions of the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015 was referred to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee in December 2015. FDCA provided a submission to the Senate Inquiry on behalf of our membership, which provided recommendations based on member consultation.


Jobs for Families Child Care Package – Submission to the Regulation Impact Statement July 2015

Following the introduction of the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015 to make changes to child care fee assistance arrangements, the accompanying Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was released for consultation by the Department of Social Services. FDCA responded to the options put forward in the RIS in the form of a submission, presenting a number of recommendations regarding elements of the Package.


Submission to the Senate Regulations and Ordinances Committee and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights regarding the Child Care Benefit Amendment Determination 2014 (No. 1) – January 2015

FDCA put forward a submission detailing our policy positioning regarding the Child Care Benefit (Eligibility of Child Care Services for Approval and Continued Approval) Amendment Determination 2014 (No. 1), primarily seeking disallowance of the requirement that educators do not obtain a session of care for their children from an educator in any family day care service on a day on which the family day care educator provides any session of care to a child.


Submission to the Education Council Regulation Impact Statement for proposed changes to the National Quality Framework - January 2015

In response to the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement, FDCA put forward a submission regarding the proposed changes or ‘options’ for changes to be made to the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 as part of the National Quality Framework.


Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning Draft Report – September 2014

In response to the recommendations put forward in the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, FDCA put forward a submission responding directly to draft recommendations and highlighted a number of key matters affecting the family day care sector.