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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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The following superannuation update has been provided by Child Care Super, ACA's national superannuation partner. 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 young Australians' superannuation balances are not unnecessarily eroded by insurance premiums.
The new reforms mean that superannuation providers can only provide life insurance on an 'opt-in' basis to:
a) members who are under 25 and begin to hold anew superannuation account from 1 April 2020; and

b) members whose superannuation balance has not been $6,000 or more from 1 November 2019.
This means that superannuation 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.

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The following update has been provided by ACA's legal advisors - Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA).

Please read it carefully to determine whether this update applies to your service.

Personal leave is not accrued in hours but days!
The Full Federal Court yesterday confirmed that all employees (including part-time employees) are entitled to 10 “working days” of personal/carer's leave per year under the Fair Work Act, regardless of how many hours the employees work per day or how many days are worked per week. 

The decision will have wide-ranging implications for employers, the overwhelming majority of whom do not presently accrue personal/carer's leave in this manner. 

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The most effective approach to promoting positive mental health is one which involves the whole learning community working together in an inclusive environment: leaders, educators, children, young people, their families and the local community.

A whole learning community approach is about all the members working together to create change.


You may have seen some recent media activity around a early learning centre in Melbourne which has been identified by health and safety inspectors as being wrapped in combustible cladding.

Cladding is used in building construction to provide a degree of thermal insulation and weather resistance, and to improve the appearance of buildings. However certain types of cladding have proven to be flammable and therefore a major safety risk for communities.