What is a National Peak Body?

FDCA responds to tired rhetoric

FDCA was disappointed by the stories run across various news outlets over the weekend. This coverage regarding a small group of unscrupulous 'operators' continues to unfairly taint the reputation of our sector, which is made up of fantastic educators and services that go above and beyond to support families and provide high quality outcomes for children all across Australia.

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National winners announced in the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards

Family Day Care Australia was proud to announce the National Award Winners in the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards at the awards Gala Dinner that was held in Hobart on Saturday night.Now in its eighth year, the awards highlight the incredible work completed by family day care educators,coordinators and services each and every day.

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FDCA releases industry first study into the next generation of family day care educators

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) is proud today to release an industry-first study into the family day care workforce in Australia: Attracting the next generation of family day care educators. The study, which drew on the feedback and insights of 1,288 current family day care educators across Australia, explored the current socio-demographic profile of family day care educators.

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FDCA submission to the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement on family day care residences with swimming pools, spas and water features in WA

On 13 May 2019 FDCA made a submission to the WA Dept of Communities in response to the recently released Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) on family day care residences with swimming pools, spas and water features in WA. The CRIS was developed to canvas proposed changes to regulations and other policy options to address recommendations made by Coroner Sarah Linton following the inquest into the tragic drowning of Lachlan James Mitchell at his family day care service on 9 November 2015.

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Children, educators and services shine during National Family Day Care Week

From 6-12 May 2019, family day care educators, services, families and children from all around Australia came together to celebrate the important role family day care plays not only in their communities, but in shaping and supporting the lives, hopes and dreams of hundreds of thousands of children around the country.

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2019 National Family Day Care Week launched by Family Day Care Australia

Following a successful week in 2018, National Family Day Care Week is back again in 2019 and Family Day Care Australia is calling on the entire family day care sector to join in on the celebrations! Now in its seventh consecutive year, National Family Day Care Week will run from Monday 6 May through to Sunday 12 May 2019.

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Time for change in Government rhetoric on rorters and fraudsters says Family Day Care Australia

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA), the national peak body for the family day care, is calling on the Australian government to reframe its approach and its language in its dealings with the family day care sector. The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education, today announced a $52 million investment targeting “rorters and fraudsters” while in the same breath, expresses concerns about “giving the sector a bad name.”

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Red Tape Committee Final Report released

On 3 December 2018, the Red Tape Committee released its final report. The final report focuses primarily on the broader policy and process to limit and reduce red tape. However, it confirms that the recommendations from the sector-specific interim reports still stand...

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A national peak body is a non-government organisation whose membership consists of individuals and/or smaller organisations united with a shared purpose.

Peak bodies generally have external functions such as lobbying government, providing feedback on government policy and regulations, conducting research and raising the image and profile of its membership through the media and/or promotion.

A peak body also has internal functions such as providing information, support, resources and services to its members.

Peak bodies should be not-for-profit so that membership fees and revenues are redirected back into supporting the membership. They should also be "apolitical" (not aligned with a political party) so that they may act independently in favour of the membership.