SNAICC Submission into the Productivity Commission: Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning

SNAICC welcomes the opportunity to participate in the discussion on the future of the Budget Based Funded (BBF) program for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. BBF services have provided a fundamental support to children, families and communities for decades. Being owned and run by communities has meant that their understanding of and relationships with communities has enabled effective and responsive programs that build on community and cultural strengths, and attain great outcomes for children and families. Despite significant challenges in funding, infrastructure and workplace development support, these services continue to be a bedrock for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families around Australia.This review provides an opportunity to redress some of the challenges that BBF services face and better enable them to provide quality, culturally safe environments in which children will flourish.

Published 10 February 2014, the submission is available for download below.


For more information contact Emma Sydenham at SNAICC [email protected]

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UNICEF Australia Submission to the Interdepartmental Committee Review of Inter-Country Adoption

The Australian Committee for UNICEF is committed to the principles outlined in The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect to Inter-Country Adoption (the Hague Adoption Convention) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 (CRC), and we note that Australia is a signatory to both Conventions. In particular, UNICEF is committed to the best interest of the child as a guiding and foundational principle in consideration of any potential changes to the existing inter-country framework and associated services.

UNICEF acknowledge the assistance of DLA Piper Australia (DLA Piper) in drafting this submission and DLA Piper’s on-going support and contribution to UNICEF.

For more information please contact Amy Lamoin at UNICEF Australia at [email protected] or phone (02) 8917 3220.

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UNICEF Submission on Birth Registration to OHCHR

UNICEF Australia welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the OHCHR on the subject of birth registration. Birth registration is a necessary step for all children in order to access their rights to an identity and nationality, as well as access to health, education and community services.

Article 7 of the Convention of the Rights of the Child provides that all governments must ensure under law that all children must be registered immediately after birth and have the right to a name, nationality and to be cared for by their parents as far as that is possible.

For more information, please contact Amy Lamoin at UNICEF Australia at [email protected] or phone (02) 8917 3220.

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Taskforce Submission on the Child Development and Wellbeing Bill 2013

Published 25 October 2013 by James McDougall on behalf of the Australian Child Rights Taskforce.

These comments are provided following the final community consultation forum on the Bill held on Tuesday 22 October 2013 at State Library of South Australia, Adelaide. The intent is to provide some final comments at the conclusion of the public consultation and in light of the changes that have already been made to the Bill.

The submission is available for download below.


For more information contact James McDougall

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0419 243 179


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