Child care services


1 Feb 2019

This chapter reports on the performance of early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, which comprise child care and preschool services.

Briefing paper

12 Dec 2018

This POSTnote introduces robotic technology and the main ways it has been developed for use in social care. It reviews evidence on the impact of robotics on the costs and quality of social care and its workforce, and explores the main ethical, social and regulatory...


29 Nov 2018

This report presents the first comprehensive study of living and working conditions of au pairs in Australia. It draws on responses from 1,479 au pairs across 34 nationalities to an online survey in 2017. The study seeks to provide an evidence base to indicate the...


29 Aug 2018

In Australia, more parents are using formal childcare to support their participation in the workforce. Yet, childcare is becoming less affordable, with fees and out-of-pocket costs growing above inflation in recent years – despite the availability of taxpayer subsidies.


15 Aug 2018

This interim report presents the committee's findings and conclusions about the effect of red tape on child care (childcare inquiry).


25 Jul 2018

Robert Fitzgerald AM, Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and SVA Board member, talks with Stuart Lloyd-Hurwitz, SVA Consulting’s Executive Director, about competition and contestability in the social sector and how it’s all about providing more consumer choice.

Discussion paper

19 Jul 2018

This occasional paper is the sixth in a series about the National Quality Framework (NQF). It examines trends in quality improvement from the perspective of services rated Working Towards National Quality Standard (NQS) under the 2012 NQS.


2 Jul 2018

Children's access to quality childcare is, more than ever, dependent on whether the government views their parents as deserving or not.


How to create a child safe organisation
20 Apr 2018

This toolkit has been created to promote child safety, preventing child abuse and helping organisations comply with the complex web of legislation in this area.

Briefing paper

1 Apr 2018

The early years are a critical time for children’s development. Parents’ engagement in their children’s early development and learning has an impact on children’s later educational and life experiences and parents differ in their levels of engagement.


31 Jan 2018

The social sector needs to take notice of this growing field that is driving better interventions in health, education, and human services. Nick Perini from SVA Consulting talks to Robyn Mildon, Executive Director of the Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI), to find out why....

Briefing paper

5 May 2017

This evaluation found that Practice First has facilitated a shift in organisational culture within FACS towards a focus on child centred practice and increased engagement with children, carers and other agencies.

Discussion paper

20 Apr 2017

This occasional paper is the fourth in a series on the National Quality Framework (NQF). This paper offers detailed insights into education and care service quality ratings for Quality Area 3 (physical environment) of the National Quality Standard (NQS). The focus is on ensuring the...


15 Dec 2016

Frontline child protection work is highly stressful, emotionally taxing and, at times, can result in secondary trauma. Additionally, statutory child protection organisations consistently experience high turnover and staff shortages, creating adverse workplace cultures and extra stress for their workforce. Consequently, there is a growing recognition...

Audio interview

4 Oct 2016

The federal government believes there's wide-scale rorting going on in the family day care sector, as a report in The Australian alleges taxpayers have lost more than $1 billion in the past two years through systemic rorting.

Family day care is more difficult to...


Prepared for the NSW Department of Family and Community Services
20 Jul 2016

This report describes the evaluation of the implementation and service system outcomes of Practice First across 24 CSCs in NSW. The evaluation used four methodologies, with findings from each triangulated to strengthen conclusions.


1 May 2016

Australia is moving backwards on work and family issues. Supports for workers with caring responsibilties are being stymied by government focused on balanced budgets rather than balanced lives. This is at a time of increased global attention on gender, inequality and care. At the G20...


4 Feb 2016

Provides an overview of the child care, education and training sector (CCET), presenting both contextual information and high level performance information.

Sector scope

The child care, education and training sector services covered in this report comprise:

ECEC (chapter 3) - reports...


1 Feb 2016

The Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) was commissioned by Family Day Care Australia to conduct research into quality in family day care. Six high quality services agreed to participate in the study. At each service, the SPRC research team conducted interviews with families, educators, coordination...



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