Goodstart is committed to advocating on behalf of children and explaining the importance of quality early learning.
As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we exist purely to improve the lives of children and their families.
We are working with others in the early learning and care sector to highlight important issues and to emphasise — to governments around the nation, to business and to the broader community — the value of quality early learning to children, their families and the country.
Every day across the nation thousands of Goodstart educators work with children from almost 60,000 Australian families to provide quality early learning. That experience, the views of our families, international best practice and research all help inform our advocacy efforts.
Over the last few years Goodstart has provided detailed analysis, reports, research, national surveys and polls to better inform inquiries into the childcare sector and proposed government legislation.
What are we advocating for?
Early learning is a highly effective intervention to improve the future lives and education of Australia’s children.
Goodstart believes all of Australia’s children should have continued access to affordable, high quality early learning and care, and actively advocate to government and the community for:
- Quality early learning — maintain, embed and enhance the National Quality Framework, support enhanced evidence-informed practice delivered by a valued and effective workforce
- Universal access — to secure long-term funding of at least 18 hours of quality early learning per week in the two years before school
- Vulnerable children — to ensure that all vulnerable children are able to participate in early learning and are provided with enhanced support
- Work and families — to ensure early learning and care is affordable and flexible
- Improving laws and policies — to protect Australian children from abuse.
We work closely with The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia, Early Childhood Australia, the Australian Council of Social Services, United Voice, the Australian Childcare Alliance, the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, and our Founding Members on early learning and care policy issues.
What are we doing to meet these goals?
As part of our commitment to advocacy, in the past few years Goodstart has been heavily involved in a range of inquiries and reports including:
Response to the Federal Government’s Jobs for Families childcare package:
- Provided detailed submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the legislation
- Participated in sector consultations during the development of the legislation including a submission to the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement
- Commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to analyse the impact of the proposed changes on workplace participation
- Providing informed analysis to Senators from across Australia on detail of the proposed legislation and the importance of early learning
- Supporting the Smart Start campaign to generate family and community interest in supporting additional funding for quality early learning and care.
Productivity Commission (PC) Inquiry and 2015 Federal Budget Response
- Helped inform the final Terms of Reference for the PC Inquiry
- Made two comprehensive submissions to the PC. Read the full Productivity Commission report released February 2015
- Attended public hearings and multiple sessions with the PC and officials drawing on Goodstart analysis of family impacts, commercial impacts and sector wide impacts of possible reform options
- Provided detailed analysis and policy briefings about the impacts, risks and opportunities associated with the PC reports and budget responses.
What is Goodstart doing to support the needs of vulnerable children?
- Vulnerable children are at the forefront of our advocacy efforts.
- We have vigorously advocated for improved access and support for vulnerable children through the development of the Federal Government’s childcare package.
- At a state and local level our people are strongly advocating for the needs of vulnerable children.
- We are working to improve the evidence base in the area through our extensive research partnerships across the country.