16 September 2020

States and Territories agree to establish National Evidence Institute

The Australian Government and all states and territories have agreed to establish a National Evidence Institute, to support evidence-based learning and teaching in primary, secondary and early childhood settings.

Establishing a National Evidence Institute was a key recommendation of David Gonski’s Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, and is a commitment within the National School Reform Agreement.

The National Evidence Institute will be launched in late 2020. Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) will be meeting with the Director of the new National Evidence Institute, Dr Jenny Donovan, to share valuable contextual information and insights into the family day care sector. This will inform the initial planning work of the National Evidence Institute to ensure it delivers benefits to all educators across Australia, regardless of the sector they work in.

10-month FDCA 2021 Conference payment plan now available

Following the wrap up of our 12-month payment plan, FDCA is excited to announce the launch of a new 10-month payment plan for the FDCA 2021 National Conference.

This new payment plan follows feedback from our members requesting a long term payment option, and allows FDCA members to purchase conference tickets with 10 payments of $62.40.

The 10-month payment plan will be available for members to access up until 30 November 2020.

Full ticket refunds available to members until 28 July 2021 

We are mindful that for many, committing to the purchase of a conference ticket can be a difficult decision. To remove any concerns for members we are committed to offering full refunds to all members up until 28 July 2021.

This means that you can purchase your ticket with full knowledge that you will be able to get a full refund before 28 July 2021.

About the FDCA 2021 National Conference

Taking place in Hobart from 28-30 October 2021 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, the FDCA 2021 National Conference is the must attend professional learning and networking event on the family day care calendar in 2021.

Not only will you have the chance to access a wide range of early childhood education and care experts and professionals under one roof, you will also be able to lend your voice to discussions and conversions that will help shape the future of our sector.

Attending the FDCA 2021 National Conference will also give you the ability to extend your stay and explore Tasmania's unique and historic sites. Whether you are interested in bushlands and waterways, rugged mountains, gourmet food or once in a lifetime experiences, Tasmania has something for everyone.

To find out more about the FDCA 2021 National Conference including information on accommodation and our keynote speakers, visit

“My Environment” Facebook series

FDCA are excited to feature a variety of nurturing and unique family day care environments as part of our “My Environment” Facebook series.

In this series, we are asking educators: what makes YOUR family day care environment special?

Thank you to all those who have taken part and make sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for your turn!

Call for Nominations for Member Elected Director

FDCA is calling for nominations to fill a vacancy arising upon the cessation of the tenure of a current Member Elected Director at this year’s Annual General Meeting.

The FDCA Board of Directors Board is focused on the effective governance of the company, including strategic direction, finance, compliance and risk management. Please click here to view FDCA’s current Board of Directors.

If you are interested in considering a directorship with FDCA, please contact Company Secretary, Cherie Perceval on for a copy of the Board Candidate Nomination Pack and instructions on submitting your nomination.

Nominations must be received by close of business (AEST) Wednesday 30 September.

REMINDER - Launceston National Engagement Program forum postponed

Members are reminded that due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the developing COVID-19 situation, the decision has been made to postpone the FDCA National Engagement Program forum that was scheduled to take place in Launceston on 19 September 2020.

At this stage a decision has not yet been made in regards to rescheduling the event. Members who had registered to attend will be given first preference to register if we are able to reschedule the forum at a later date.

We thank you for your understanding and support of this decision.