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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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CoronaVirusUpdate

In the context of the Coronavirus, ACA has continued to receive calls from concerned members about how the various aspects may affects the day-to-day running of services. 

Below is an update along with some FAQ's which we hope you find useful and informative.

Please note that our Coronavirus webpage is now the central hub of all relevant updates. 

What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)? 

The Coronavirus is a virus that can cause illnesses that can range from the common cold to more severe diseases. Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and headaches; and
  • difficulty breathing.

Stopping the spread of the Coronavirus - when should I exclude children or staff?

As is always the case, sick educators and employees need to avoid coming to the centre. They should also obtain be medical certificates or advice from medical professionals regarding isolation or time away from work.

Services should refer to the latest advice issued by the Australian Government Department of Health and refer to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for schools and early childhood centres, students and parents information sheet.

In terms of recent international travel, on 15th March the Australian Government updated their self-isolate guidanceAs of midnight Sunday 15th March people returning to Australia from any international travel will be required to self-isolate for 14 days

  • If they develop a fever or cough, they should seek medical advice urgently and self-isolate.

Please refer to the isolation guidelines that relate to each country on the Department of Health webpage here.

 

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The following update on insurance in super has been provided by Child Care Super, ACA's national superannuation partner. We initially ran this blog post late last year; we are running it again as the legislative changes it refers to come into effect next month. You can read about this partnership here.

The Government has made changes to superannuation which could have a major impact on people under 25.

The changes, which come into effect on 1 April 2020, aim to ensure that Australians' superannuation balances are not unnecessarily eroded by insurance premiums.

The new reforms mean that superannuation providers can only provide default death and total and permanent disablement (TPD) insurance on an 'opt-in' basis to members who are under 25 and begin to hold a new superannuation account from 1 April 2020; and members whose superannuation balance has not been $6,000 or more from 1 November 2019.
This means that super providers will be required to ‘turn off’ insurance cover on 1 April 2020 for members whose account balances have not been $6,000 or more from 1 November 2019 unless the member “opts in”.

Additional Contributions 2020

 

Part 2 In Child Care Super’s series on how to make additional contributions into super

Adding money into your superannuation is a great investment in your future

Putting extra money into super today, on top of your employer’s super contributions, can help ensure you’ll have enough to enjoy life when you stop working.

The experts say you’ll need around $500,000*. That may sound like a lot, but you don’t have to contribute large amounts of money to make a difference. Small regular amounts can add up to thousands of extra dollars over time.

Additional Contributions 2020

 

Think it’s hard to grow your super? It isn’t.

Putting extra money into your superannuation is a great investment in your future.

If you want to live comfortably when you retire, adding to your employer's super contributions can help.  And you don’t have to contribute large amounts of money to make a difference.  Small regular amounts can add up to thousands of extra dollars over time.  And the earlier you start, the better, thanks to the growth provided by long-term investment returns. 

There are lots of ways you can add to your super

You can add to your super via pre-tax salary sacrifice contributions, after tax personal contributions, spouse contributions as well as contribution splitting. 

In this blog post we’ll explain what an after-tax contribution is and how you can make them.

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