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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 We're delighted to present the follow events as part of the Australian Childcare Alliance's 2023 calendar:



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ACA NSW Excellence in ECEC Awards 

Saturday, 23 October 2023

ACA New South Wales invites nominations from the NSW early learning sector for their annual Excellence in Early Childhood Education Awards.

Each year over 600 approved providers, educators and teachers come together to recognise the best Early Childhood Education and Care services and educators that New South Wales has to offer.

The Official Guide (which includes the nomination form and details) will be released in early 2023.

In the meantime, the following important dates are worth noting:

  • Early Childhood Education Week - 19-23 June 2023
  • Closing date for Nominations for 2023 Awards - 11.59pm on 16 August 2023
  • Finalists Announced  - 7 September 2023
  • Awards Night  - Saturday, 23 October 2023

Existing and potential sponsors can contact the ACA NSW Relationships Officer for further information.  

For any other queries/information, please contact the ACA NSW team via 1300 556 330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Early Childhood Educators' Day 

Wednesday 4th September 2024

Early Childhood Educators' Day recognises and celebrates the work of Australia's educators in early learning services for their wonderful contribution to the wellbeing and healthy development of the young children in their care.

It's a chance to say thank you to Australia’s early childhood educators on a very personal level by service operators, families and their children, as well as collectively at the state and national levels.

In 2024 Early Childhood Educators' Day will take place on Wednesday 4th September.

For more information visit the event website here




LifeWorks Support Line 


As floods continue to impact different parts of Australia, the affect on both individuals and communities is devastating.

Our friends at LifeWorks have activated the LifeWorks Community Crisis Support Line for anyone in need of emotional support in relation to these events.
The Crisis Support Line is open 24/7 and can be reached in Australia at 1800 512 188.

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The following update has been provided by the Department of Education, Skills & Employement (DESE).

The Australian Government has announced a suite of reforms over five years for the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System for employers and Australian Apprentices to support the pipeline of skilled workers needed to support Australia’s economic recovery.

In addition, the Australian Government has extended the successful Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) and Completing Apprenticeship Commencement (CAC) wage subsidies for apprentices and trainees, at a cost of $365.3 million over five years. Enrolments for the BAC wage subsidy, which provides employers with 12 months of wage subsidy support, were due to close on 30 March 2022. They will now remain open until 30 June 2022.

Any business that receives the BAC wage subsidy will also then be eligible for extended support through the CAC wage subsidy in the second and third year of a BAC-supported apprenticeship until 30 June 2027.

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The following update has been provided by our friends at Childcare Centre Desktop for services in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria.

With new legislation recently passed in NSW for organisations including early childcare education and care services to implement the Child Safe Standards, and services in Victoria required to implement the (new) Victorian Child Safe Standards from July 2022, approved providers may be feeling quite overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin to ensure compliance.

Breathe - remember your priority as early childhood education and care providers is to provide a child-safe environment and promote children’s health, safety and wellbeing. Many systems are already in place under the NQF to keep children safe and help your service be compliant with the standards (existing and new standards).