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Organisation Information

Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare Division

Published: 31 July 2019
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare Division is responsible for ensuring access to high quality and affordable Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare.

This includes:

  • the development of policy and legislation
  • the administration of a range of schemes and the associated budgetary, governance and compliance functions
  • regulation of the Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare sector
  • a number of initiatives to develop the workforce and improve the quality of services

The Division is also responsible for overseeing and reporting on the implementation of First 5, a whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families (2019-2028).

Overall management of each Division shall comprise:

  • managing the business generally of the Division
  • managing and monitoring the overall performance of the Division
  • providing policy advice to the Secretary General, MB, Minister or the government, as appropriate
  • ensuring the implementation of Government policies appropriate to the Division
  • monitoring Government policies, appropriate to the Division, which affect the department
  • ensuring delivery (within the limits of resources provided) of the outputs determined by the Minister and the Secretary General
  • managing the Division’s work in implementing the relevant elements of the Statement of Strategy and overseeing the provision of progress reports to the MB, the Secretary General and the Minister thereon
  • providing policy advice to the Secretary General and the Minister on all matters within the remit of the department which are appropriate to the Division
  • ensuring the effective management of risk within the Division
  • ensuring the proper use of Division resources, including effective financial management, and the provision of cost-effective public services appropriate to the Division
  • overseeing the assignment of specific responsibilities to individual officers or groups or grades of officer within the Division
  • managing matters relating to the appointment, performance and discipline of staff
  • ensuring the appropriate co-ordination of the Division’s activities with those of other Divisions