Following an excellent presentation at our Member Meetings on 13 and 14 February, cyber security and the impact a cyber attack might have on your and our business is very much front of mind. 

News of the hack of patient records at a leading Melbourne medical facility, not to mention the Australian Parliament, brings this issue very starkly into relief.

If you missed the opportunity to hear Martha McKeen, Senior Manager Cyber Outreach CommBank, present on how to be aware of the risks and how to avoid them, you can access the material and resources to help you minimise your risk in your copy of Building Blocks newsletter from 15/2/2019 or by logging into the members' area of our website and navigating to the Newsletters page. Or feel free to call us on 03 9532 2017.

A recent report commissioned by the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA), the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) and Australian Community Children’s Services (ACCS) explores the factors that influence the demand for, and supply of, child care services across Australia.

This independent analysis, prepared by Urban Economics, examines the results of a recent national survey of child care operators, looking at available places, enrolment, performance and key issues influencing individual centres and the sector more broadly.

Read more and access the full report here

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We are pleased to announce that at a Special General Meeting held on 6 December, members voted in favour of the resolution that Rule 43 of the Constitution of Australian Childcare Alliance Victoria Inc be amended to increase the number of Committee members from 7 to 9 and to read as follows:
The Committee consists of:
(a) a President; and
(b) a Vice-President; and
(c) a Secretary; and
(d) a Treasurer; and
(e) 5 ordinary members (if any).

We would accordingly like to formally welcome Tonii Tran Approved Provider of Starfish Early Learning Centres and Nicole Llewellyn Approved Provider of Kool Kidz Mill Park to the Committee for 2018/19, as ordinary members.

In addition to the formal business of the occasion, members and ACAV staff enjoyed a delicious feast at Agapi Restaurant, Richmond.  

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CCS has advised that over the Christmas and New Year period, payments between DHS and recipients' bank accounts will be affected by the public holidays. These expected timings have been outlined in this table.

The timing for payments will return to normal from 2 January 2019. 

Please click here for more information about the Christmas/New Year period, absences and CCS Helpdesk 

Have you heard of the Reportable Conduct Scheme but aren't sure what it is or how it applies to you?

Naureen Choudhry, Senior Education and Capacity Building Adviser - Religious Organisations and Early Years Engagement, Education and Capacity Building Team of the Commission for Children and Young People recently presented a webinar for ACAV members on the obligations imposed by the Reportable Conduct Scheme which comes into place on 1 January 2019.

In case you missed it, here are the links to: 

If you have any queries, please visit the CCYP website or contact CCYP on  (03) 8601 5281 or send an email to contact@ccyp.vic.gov.au