9 May 2013 Introducing the early years quality fund - are you eligible to receive funding?

By Warwick Ryan, Partner and Laura Sowden, Solicitor

This year the Federal Government announced the Early Years Quality Fund as part of its National Quality Agenda for early childhood education and care. There will be an additional $300 million funding to support childcare service providers to pay a $3 per hour wage increase to Certificate III qualified educators. This offers a fantastic boost to the Childcare sector and is a great opportunity for childcare providers to raise the standard of care provided without incurring business costs. To find out whether you are eligible to receive this funding, please see the Government's defined set of eligibility criteria.

To access this funding, wage increases must be included in an enterprise agreement. Enterprise agreements are workplace agreements made between employers and employees about the terms and conditions of employment. Changes made to these agreements must undergo an approval process with the Fair Work Commission.

At Swaab we are more than equipped to assist you with putting in place the right agreement to access this wonderful funding initiative. Employment partner Warwick Ryan specialises in enterprises agreements. Because of our work in this industry with other independent operators elsewhere in the state we can assist you with implementing such an agreement at a significantly reduced fee.

For more information about putting in place the right enterprise agreement please contact:

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This article is not legal advice and the views and comments are of a general nature only. This article is not to be relied upon in substitution for detailed legal advice.

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