National Peak Bodies (Children's Services)
The National Children's Services Forum is made up of the key national peak bodies in children's services
Other Related Peak Advocacy Organisations
Australian Council of Social Services
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is the peak council of the community services and welfare sector.
Families Australia is Australia's independent peak not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the needs and interests of families.
Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
The ACTU represents 2 million Australian workers and their families.
Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union (LHMU)
The LHMU represents child care workers across Australia.
WageNet provides information about wages and conditions of employment in Australia for work that is covered by federal awards and agreements.
The national peak body for more than 260 not-for-profit employment and related services organisations.
Australian Local Government Association
The Australian Local Government Association is the national voice of local government, representing 673 councils across the country.
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
DEEWR is responsible for Early Childhood Education and Care http://www.deewr.gov.au/
Centrelink is an agency of the Department of Human Services delivering a range of services to the community.
Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
The Australian Taxation Office is the Government's principal revenue collection agency, and is part of the Treasurer's portfolio.
Family Assistance Office - Child Care Benefit payments / rates
Other organisations and useful sites
Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood
At the University of Melbourne, the Centre has developed a strong research culture and international reputation for its work in equity and change research, professional development and teaching. www.edfac.unimelb.edu.au/ceiec/
Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH)
The Centre for Community Child Health is an internationally recognised centre of excellence supporting and empowering communities to continually improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life of children and their families, now and for the future.
Australian Council on Children in the Media (ACCM)
Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM - which incorporates Young Media Australia) is an advocacy and parent education group in the area of children and the media.
ACCM have developed resources for parents such as;
• Choosing fright free fight free viewing
• Healthy viewing for healthy eating
• Know Before you Go movie review service
ACCM also lobby in the areas of sexualisation of children in the media and the marketing of M movies to children - the ACCM website is a great source of information on these topics http://www.youngmedia.org.au/