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.

We are pleased to announce that at the Executive Committee meeting following the October Annual General Meeting, the following office bearers were appointed for the 2019 year:


  • Paul Mondo, Bimbi Day Care


  • Sarah Tullberg, Knox Childcare & Kindergarten
  • Nick Moutzouris, Monash Vale ELC


  • Amanda Mawer, Think Childcare


  • Sam Rosenberg, Buddies ELC

Making up the balance of the Committee are:

  • Jennifer Kearney, Kekeco Childcare
  • Chris Sacre, Jane's Place Early Learning

We look forward to working with a very active and involved Executive Committee with a breadth and depth of experience both in the early learning sector and more broadly.

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


The Long Service Leave Act 2018 will come into effect on 1 November 2018 and supersede the 1992 Act. 

The changes include:

  • greater flexibility for women, families and people transitioning to retirement
  • access to long service leave after seven years, not ten
  • allowing employees to take long service leave in smaller increments (i.e. for any period of one day or more)
  • most absences from work do not break continuous employment
  • unpaid leave, including parental leave, counts towards long service leave
  • increased penalties for employers who do not keep records or do not produce them when requested. 

Please see here for more detail and FAQs on the changes.

Please pdf click here (206 KB) for an article written by our Industrial Relations Partner FCB Group on the changes to Victorian Long Service Leave that came into effect on 1 November 2018.