On 23 August, the Big Steps 10 Year Policy Vision was launched at Parliament House.
The panellists who introduced and endorsed our vision included Opposition Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek, author of the Lifting Our Game report Prof. Deb Brennan, neuroscientist Prof. Karen Thorpe, CEO of Big Fat Smile Jeni Hutchins, and Director of the Mitchell Institute Megan O'Connell.
We have ten big reforms for our ten year Big Steps policy vision. By 2028…
- The Government will prioritise education at every stage of a child’s life and invest at least 1 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in ECEC;
- The Government will fund equal pay for educators;
- Every child will have at least two days universal access to early learning from the age of one;
- Educators will be professionally paid, trained and respected;
- The National Quality Framework (NQF) will deliver on its promise: ensuring every ECEC service is high quality;
- The children who stand to benefit most from ECEC will have access to what they need;
- Families and communities will have equitable access to ECEC through planned provision;
- ECEC and parental leave will give families the opportunity to spend a year with their babies and seamlessly transition to ECEC when they want to;
- There will be a commitment to ongoing excellence in ECEC, driven by the findings of an independent research body;
- A Cabinet minister will have responsibility for Australian children’s early education, health and welfare.
Click here to view the entirety of our Big Steps 10 Year Policy Vision.