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National Peak Bodies (Children's Services)

Australian Community Children's Services (ACCS)
ACCS is the peak representative body for all Australian community owned children's services. ACCS is an unincorporated non-profit organisation. ACCS branches are located across all Australian States and Territories.

Early Childhood Australia
Early Childhood Australia advocates to ensure quality, social justice and equity in all issues relating to the education and care of children from birth to eight years.

Family Day Care Australia
Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) (formerly the National Family Day Care Council of Australia - NFDCCA) is the national peak body for the Family Day Care program.

National Out of School Hours Services Association (NOSHSA)
NOSHSA is a network of all the Australian Out of School Hours Care associations, who join together to promote quality for Out of School Hours Services.

Playgroup Australia
Playgroup Australia is the national peak and administrative body for playgroups in Australia

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)
The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care, SNAICC, is the national non government peak body in Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.


State Peak Bodies (Children's Services)

Community Child Care Co-operative NSW
Community Child Care Co-operative is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1978 to promote, support and advocate for quality children's services, meeting the needs of children, their families and the community.

Network of Community Activities (NSW)
Network is committed to helping promote quality community based services for school aged children, including children with disabilities, in New South Wales.

Queensland Children's Activities Network (QCAN)
QCAN is the peak body for the Outside School Hours Care sector in Queensland.


Peak Advocacy Organisations

Australian Council of Social Service
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is the peak council of the community services and welfare sector.

Victorian Council of Social Service
The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS), established in 1946, is the peak independent coordinating body of the social and community services sector.

Families Australia
Families Australia is Australia's independent peak not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the needs and interests of families.


Industrial Information

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
The ACTU represents 2 million Australian workers and their families.

Australian Services Union (ASU)
The ASU represents child care workers who are working in local government.

Jobs Australia
The national peak body for more than 260 not-for-profit employer and related services organisations.

Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman
The staff of the Fair Work Ombudsman are focused on serving the needs of employees and employers within Australian workplaces

United Voice (formerly the LHMU - Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union)
United Voice is the industrial union representing child care workers across Australia.

Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC)
The major role of the VTHC is the co-ordination of union activities and campaigns.


Government Departments

Local Government

Municipal Association of Victoria
The Municipal Association of Victoria is the peak representative and lobbying body for Victoria's 79 councils.

Victorian Local Governance Association
The VLGA is a unique peak body for local governments and communities that advocates for social change and empowers local governments by strengthening their capacity to engage with their communities.

State Government

Consumer Affairs Victoria
Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) protects and promotes the interests of consumers.

Department of Education and Training
The Department of Education and Training offers learning and development support, services and resources for all Victorians, from birth through to adulthood.

Department of Human Services
The Department of Human Services supports Victorians most in need. It plans, funds and delivers community and housing services directly and with community sector partners.

The Commission for Children and Young People
The Commission for Children and Young People has been established to promote continuous improvement and innovation in:

-policies and practices relating to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people generally, and in particular those who are vulnerable
-the provision of out of home care services for children.

The Commission acts with independence and impartiality, demonstrating integrity and respect.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
The Commission works to ensure that all Victorians get a fair go (equal opportunity).

Federal Government

Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority
ACECQA is an independent statutory authority providing national leadership in promoting quality and continuous improvement in early childhood education and care and school age care in Australia.

Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
The Australian Taxation Office is the Government's principal revenue collection agency, and is part of the Treasurer's portfolio.

Department of Education and Training

The department is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians access quality early childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.


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