Ministerial Advisory Council for Child Care and Early Learning

The Government is committed to ensuring that Australia's child care and early learning system is flexible, sustainable and fair, providing quality early learning for children and meeting the needs of Australia's working parents and employers.

The Ministerial Advisory Council for Child Care and Early Learning was established in July 2014 to provide a forum where strategic policies affecting the child care and early learning sector can be considered, and where informative consultation with the sector can take place.

The Council is chaired by the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham and co-chaired by respected former Commonwealth Department Secretary, Dr Jeff Harmer AO. The Council members represent a range of perspectives from across the child care and early learning sector.

The Council meets three times per year and provides advice and expertise on matters affecting the child care and early learning sector including proposed or current legislation or policies on an as needs basis.

Council membership

Council membership name and position information
Name Position
Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training Chair
Dr Jeff Harmer AO Co-Chair
Ms Kylie Brannelly Executive Officer, Queensland Children’s Activity Network
Ms Gwynn Bridge Committee Member, Australian Childcare Alliance, Childcare Qld
Mr Andrew Paterson Chief Executive Officer, Family Day Care Australia
Ms Ros Cornish National President, National Board of Directors of Early Childhood Australia
Ms Anita Jovanovski Chief Executive Officer, NSW Family Day Care Association
Ms Christine Legg Chief Executive Officer, KU Children’s Services
Ms Judith McKay-Tempest Associate Lecturer, Early Childhood Education, Macquarie University
Ms Robyn Paterson Vice Chairperson, National Association of Mobile Services for Rural and Remote Families and Children
Ms Prue Warrilow National Convenor, Australian Community Children’s Services
Ms Naomi Wilson Spectrum Lifestyle Counselling and Coaching

Further information

For further information about the Ministerial Advisory Council email