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FDCA Sector Viability Advocacy Strategy - Phase 2

Summary

Following on from our Sector Viability Strategy and the significant progress made in terms of engagement with regulators and policy decision makers at the department and Ministerial levels, FDCA is committed to a continuation of the Sector Viability Advocacy Strategy (“the Strategy” [Phase Two]).

Ongoing regulatory reform and increased administrative burden continue to restrict legitimate providers and numbers continue to fall well below the “natural growth line”, which is highly concerning for the sector’s ongoing push for continued viability. Furthermore, additional regulatory changes are expected in the 2021-2021 financial year, through the legislative response to the National Quality Framework (NQF) Review 2019-2020.

Given the above, FDCA must focus its primary energy on the key recommendation that falls under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth Government, that being an appropriate recalculation of the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) fee cap for family day care. As was outlined in FDCA’s 2020-2021 Pre-Budget Submission, there is significant evidence supporting the case for a recalculation of the CCS fee cap for family day care in line with that of centre-based care.

FDCA will engage in the review process for the hourly fee cap with a view to secure a commitment to a recalculation; however, if the Australian Government will not commit to FDCA’s request for a recalculation, FDCA will initiate a grassroots advocacy strategy to mobilize the membership to advocate directly for an equitable recalculation of the fee cap.

Given the uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the issues facing the sector in transitioning out of COVID-19, provision needs to be made for some additional flexibility in the subject matter of the advocacy efforts beyond those of the CCS fee cap.

Goals / Impacts (what we want to achieve and how it will make a difference for our members)

  • Provide strong leadership, a united national voice and future directions for family day care through effective, broadly representative, consultative and evidence-based advocacy on key policy issues.
  • Champion a political, policy and regulatory environment that embraces the uniqueness, importance and capabilities of family day care and enables a strong, viable, accessible and evolving sector.
  • Support the sector in the effective and efficient management of, and compliance with, the administrative, business and regulatory requirements of family day care.