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Government Skills Australia (GSA) is pleased to announce the launch of the online resource www.localgovernmentcareers.com.au. Councils are exceptional places for passionate people to work because councils are passionate about their communities. Councils offer a diversity of career options, job satisfaction, high regard for safety, flexible workplaces and job security because…
In another shocking announcement from the Federal Government, Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley said today that the Government will be requesting that child care providers return pay supplements committed under the Early Years Quality Fund that was to flow to workers in the sector. Sixteen operators with signed funding…
The ASU is alarmed to learn that over $150 million in regional development grants may not be honoured by the new Federal Government. This will have a huge negative impact on the delivery of services and infrastructure to local communities. The ASU, Australia's largest local government union, expresses our concern…
The ASU has expressed its great concern at reports the Federal Government will cut child care funding by reneging on deals made with the sector to provide money to attract and retain child care centre staff who currently receive very low pay. Hitting child care centres with reduced funding is…
On the 30th October 2013 Blacktown Council will debate closures to childcare centres that will have major impacts on Services across the Blacktown local government area. This is an unprecedented action by Blacktown Liberal Mayor. Blacktown Council has a long history of developing, implementing and improving local service. Join the…
ACTU President Ged Kearney said plans by the new Coalition Government to abandon wage increases for up to 350,000 workers in aged and childcare was in direct conflict with Tony Abbott's commitment that no worker would be worse off. "It is a betrayal by the Coalition of some of Australia's…
Overnight and when you weren't looking, the Liberal/National parties have released their child care policy which will alter the industry in many ways, reduce professional standards, provide less money to the sector, in particular by closing the Early Years Quality Fund (EYQF) and through no further funding commitment being made.…
The President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis, has called on leaders of the Labor Party, Liberal Party and National Party to give priority to community infrastructure funding and to honour funding commitments already made under the current Government. First published 3 September 2013 on the…
On behalf of local government child care members, the ASU met with the Federal Minister's office to confirm that local government would not miss out on the early childhood funding applications. Please see our earlier item on this issue here: ASU meets with the Minister for Early Childhood and Youth.…
The ASU welcomes the news of and supports the United Voice equal pay application for private sector child carers as the need to recognise early childhood education and care grows. ASU Assistant National Secretary, Greg McLean, attended the first hearing of the United Voice claim for equal remuneration for early…