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As anticipation builds for the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in Australia, employers are starting to query whether they can direct their employees to be vaccinated.

Below is an article produced by the Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA), which discusses the legal considerations surrounding this issue for employers, including the early learning sector.

So, surely you can make all your employees get vaccinated?
The simple answer is likely to be “not generally” (although this is yet to be tested in Courts).

However, for some employers dealing with vulnerable people, the answer is more likely to be “yes” for most of their employees.

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This article is brought to you by ACA partner Child Care Super. The article provides you with useful tips and information to help grow your super.

There are many ways you can add to your super, on top of the contributions from your employer. Adding a little extra to your super can be a great way to boost your super savings for retirement. You can grow your super by making some simple changes. Simply changing how you shop and by making voluntary contributions - both post and pre tax you should notice a difference and set yourself up for a better financial future,

Top 3 ways to add to your super:


  2. Voluntary contributions (after tax)

  3. Voluntary contributions (before tax)

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Let’s Count is an evidence-based program managed by The Smith Family to support parents and early years educators to develop the maths skills of the children in their care by noticing, exploring, and talking about numbers, counting, measurement and patterns.

It was originally set up to help disadvantaged and vulnerable children in their years before starting school, and has proven to be a useful learning tool for all children. Since its launch in 2011, the program has helped over 168,000 children across the country with their maths skills.

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Have you or your team members been wondering about how much money you need to save for your retirement? Check out this super informative article below from our friends at Child Care Super to see what your retirement is looking like.

Claire, our Financial Best Friend - FBF, has been thinking about how much money she may need in retirement.

Claire: How much money I need in retirement has been on my mind a lot lately, especially in these unsettling times. I have also been speaking to my friends who are also worried about their super balances. It seems, few know how much they actually need to save in order to live a comfortable retirement.

To help provide some guidance, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia’s Retirement Standard (ASFA) has provided an estimate of how much money is required to support a modest or comfortable retirement depending on whether you are in a couple or single.

To estimate living costs of a ‘comfortable’, ‘modest’ or ‘pension’ based lifestyle, ASFA considered expenses like: clothing, electricity usage, food, transport and holidays. To understand more about the definition of these different lifestyles, check out this useful table.