Cutting red tape for childcare services

Senator Zed Seselja has welcomed the announcement by the Coalition Government to cut red tape for child care providers. Under the announcement, child care supervisors will be given relief from Labor red tape that saw some wait over a year for a certificate permitting them to continue doing their job.

Federal Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley announced the decision to remove the requirement for child care services to apply for supervisor certificates to cover staff employed in management, leadership or supervisor positions. This also removes the need to pay a $30 application fee.

“This is yet another example of Labor red tape that just caused delay and administrative burden for child care providers, without providing any benefit to the families accessing the services,” said Senator Seselja.

The decision to remove the certificate requirement followed a report by the national regulator ACECQA, which found the certificate process was “slow, inefficient and inconsistent” and recommended compliance and delay costs be reduced.

“The ACT has one of the highest costs of childcare in the country, and anything we can do to assist providers with bringing down their administrative costs should be prioritised,” continued Senator Seselja

The supervisor certificates were introduced by the previous Labor government and require at least one staff member with an approved certificate to be onsite at all times. This meant providers had to lodge individual applications at $30 each on behalf of any staff they required to act as supervisors, even if they were already employed as supervisors.

“We need to take a common sense approach to delivering high quality childcare services without burdening providers with unnecessary red tape, which leads to increased fees. The Coalition is committed to delivering more affordable, accessible and flexible child care, and this announcement takes us one step closer,” concluded Senator Seselja.