Childcare & Early Childhood Learning Productivity Commission Public Inquiry

Dr Wendy Craik, Lead Commissioner, Productivity Commission Childcare & Early Childhood Learning

15th Aug 2014 9:00am-1:00pm The University of Sydney Women's College

Forum on the Productivity Commission Public Enquiry into Childcare and Early Learning

Jointly hosted by the WWRG, the National Foundation for Australian Women and Women on Boards.

Dr Wendy Craik, Presiding Commissioner of the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning was the key note speaker at the workshop on Australia's child care system. The Government established the inquiry in November 2013 to identify future options for childcare and early learning in Australia. The Commission's draft report was released on July 22. Further submissions on the draft are due by 5 September with the final report to be published on 31 October 2014.

The forum was designed to hear the voices and views of providers in the sector, representatives of childcare workers and researchers with a specialisation in work and care. With over 70 participants, the forum held a lively debate on the contributions from the Commissioner and other speakers from providers, universities and one of the major unions.


Four significant issues were raised:

  • The need to obtain accurate costs of delivering centre based child care.
  • The need to develop and support a professionally qualified and paid workforce.
  • The need to have eligibility criteria that allows children, particularly those most vulnerable, with access to high quality child care.
  • The need to introduce a payment and tax system that is not a disincentive to women's workforce participation.

Further information on childcare issues


9.15am: Keynote Presentation

Associate Professor Rae Cooper, University of Sydney (Chair)

  • Dr Wendy Craik, Presiding Commissioner Productivity Commission public inquiry into future options for childcare and early childhood learning

10.30 am: The Way Forward

Dr Elizabeth Hill, University of Sydney (Chair)

  • Julia Davison, CEO Goodstart
  • Jo Schofield, United Voice

11.30 am: Proposed Service Models: Panel discussion

Ruth Medd, Chair Women on Boards (Chair)

  • Professor Deb Brennan, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre (Fees &funding)
  • Mark Fortunatow, CEO &Chair, MGM Wireless (How technology can help?)
  • Denise Taylor, Chair, Board of the Infants' Home Child &Family Services (Family Day Care)
  • Bernadette Carbin, Director, Children's Services, YWCA, Canberra (Out of School Hours Care)

12.30 pm: Summation

  • Dr Helen Hodgson, Associate Professor, Curtin University Law School