Ministerial Advisory Council for Child Care and Early Learning

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Between July 2014 and June 2017, the Ministerial Advisory Council for Child Care and Early Learning was established to provide a forum where strategic policies affecting the child care and early learning sector could be considered, and informative consultation with the sector could take place.

The Council was 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 represented a range of perspectives from across the child care and early learning sector.

The Council met three times per year and provided expert advice on matters affecting the child care and early learning sector including proposed or current legislation and policies.

Council membership

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