12 April 2023

Productivity Commission ECEC inquiry: call for submissions

The Productivity Commission has called for submissions for its inquiry into Australia’s early childhood education and care (ECEC) system. 

Initial submissions are due by 19 May 2023 and can be made through the Productivity Commission website. The Commission will also seek submissions after it releases its draft report in late November 2023.

You can also make a brief comment at any time.

The inquiry will make recommendations to support affordable, accessible, equitable and high-quality ECEC that reduces barriers to workforce participation and supports children’s learning and development.

The inquiry began on 1 March 2023. The Commission will provide its final report to the Australian Government by 30 June 2024.

For questions about the inquiry, and how to participate visit the Productivity Commission website or email

FDCA has commenced engagement with the Productivity Commission ahead of making a formal submission through the provision of sector-specific data and will be reaching out to members to assist in informing our submission in due course.

Approved learning frameworks printed hardcopies are available for purchase from ACECQA

Following the process to refresh the two approved national learning frameworks, updated versions of both were released in early 2023 as free downloads from ACECQA’s website.  

ACECQA has now advised that printed hardcopies may also be purchased from their website here. The sale price of $30 +GST per copy includes delivery to any address across Australia.

Approved providers and their services are now encouraged to begin familiarising themselves with the updated learning frameworks and adjusting relevant aspects of their educational program and practice where needed to reflect new or amended aspects of the frameworks. 

The original national learning frameworks will remain in operation alongside the updated Frameworks, until early 2024, to enable approved providers and their services time to transition to the updated learning frameworks.

Online Engagement Series Episode 3: Wellbeing in Family Day Care

Episode three of the FDCA Online Engagement Series is taking place on Thursday 27 April at 6.00pm (AEST) and we want you to be part of the conversation!

To help frame the conversation we want you to share your insights and ideas on how you manage your wellbeing.

To help drive the conversation and share your insights, take part in our Mentimeter Quiz in the lead up to the episode by clicking here.

Submit your questions!

To help us cover as much relevant content as possible, we want you to be part of the conversation by submitting your questions for our panelists.

If you would like to submit a question, click here.

Guests that will be joining our host, FDCA Advocacy and Engagement Manager Michael Farrell for episode three include, Be You Consultant, Maria Heenan, Bright Sun Family Day Care Coordinator/Educational Leader and 2021 Coordinator of the Year National Finalist, Mariam Shahid and Adventure Patch Family Day Care Educator and 2022 Educator of the Year National Finalist Sue Higgs.

You can watch the panel live via the FDCA website, FDCA Facebook Page and FDCA YouTube channel.

FDCA Debt Recovery Subscription

One of the biggest distractions when running a successful family day care business is debt recovery, with a growing number of services and educators often seeking assistance with managing cash flow and other legal matters.

As your national peak body, FDCA is committed to helping you deal with the stress of any issues related to your family day care business requiring legal assistance.

We have partnered with Wotton + Kearney who is a multi-award winning law firm. They can assist in debt recovery matters, solve your problems and give you peace of mind.

Click here to begin your Debt Recovery Subscription today!

FDCA’s Family Day Care Debt Recovery service is just one of the many ways that we can help support you, our members, to handle the stress of legal issues and feel confident that your business is covered by a team of experienced legal professionals.

*New debt recovery subscriptions are subject to a 2-week waiting period.

Tell your story in JiGSAW!

Do you have a story to tell?

FDCA is on the hunt for submissions for upcoming editions of JiGSAW magazine.

Do you have a programming or curriculum success story that you would like to share with the sector? Perhaps you’re a service that would like to share a story about the achievements of your educators or staff?

Have you been on an exciting excursion or had an enthralling incursion that you would like to share? Or maybe you have your own unique story that you think JiGSAW readers could take inspiration from!

If you would like to contribute to an upcoming edition of JiGSAW, send us an email at with a short description of your story.

To view the most recent edition of JiGSAW, click here to access your FDCA Member Zone.