The long-running pay equity case before Fair Work Australia claiming early childhood educators are underpaid due to gender has been dismissed.
Early childhood educator’s union United Voice have escalated their campaign for professional wages, announcing that educators around Australia will walk off the job on March 27.
The Government has announced another short-term funding extension for 15 hours of preschool for Australian children, making this the fifth 12-month agreement since the Coalition Government came into power in 2013.
An independent review, commissioned and endorsed by every State and Territory, has called on Australian Governments to embark on significant reform of Australia’s early childhood education system.
New data released as part of the Report on Government Services has revealed that the sector is continuing to improve in quality ratings and educator qualifications, while Government spending on the sector has dramatically slowed.
The Productivity Commission has released the first part of the 2018 Report on Government Services, focused on Community Services including child protection.
The data shows that the over representation of Indigenous children in the child protection system continues to worsen.
An early childhood education advocacy group has called on the ACT Government to establish scholarships and an innovation fund to support greater access to early education for children experiencing disadvantage in the ACT.