The Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) is a not-for-profit, member-funded organisation advocating for the future of Australia's children.
We work on behalf of long day care owners and operators to ensure families and their children have an opportunity to access affordable, high quality early learning services throughout Australia.

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As the task of recruiting new staff is an ongoing challenge for all early learning service providers, we'd like to make sure that you are aware of all of the Federal Government support programs available to you.

There may also be similar programs at the state-level which you could also benefit from. You may like to talk to your ACA State Body if you have any questions about the State Government-level programs.

We recommend that you consider each of the national initiatives listed below:

1/ Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements
To assist with the recovery from the impact of COVID-19 and help build a pipeline of skilled candidates, the Australian Government is providing support to all employers who take on trainees and apprentices.

(You may like to read our blog article - Five reasons your service should support a trainee early childhood educator.)

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Just a friendly reminder that families have until Wednesday (31 March 2021) to confirm their 2018–19 income with Services Australia or lose their Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

To confirm their 2018–19 income for the purposes of balancing, families need to:

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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.

Claire’s super savvy tips for those of you who are self employed or own your own business

As part of our ongoing information series Claire, our Financial Best Friend(FBF), recently caught up with Ellen, a business owner for the past three years, to ask about super and the sort of things she has had to think about.

Claire: Thanks for sharing your tips with my GuildSuper friends.

Ellen: You’re welcome, I hope my experience can help in some way. Broadly speaking, if you are self employed or a small business owner it is important that you do your homework to understand the various obligations you have when it comes to super. There are a range of resources available and it’s definitely worth taking the time to understand what you can do, making a plan and putting that plan into place.

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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.