A timely and collaborative Early Childhood Workforce Strategy in Queensland

Media Release

28 September 2023

The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) congratulates the Queensland Government on their 2023-27 Early Childhood Workforce Strategy released yesterday.

The 4-year strategy has been designed to deliver a sustainable, qualified early childhood workforce and provide a comprehensive suite of initiatives to support the sector’s diverse needs.

ELACCA CEO Elizabeth Death welcomed Queensland’s comprehensive Early Childhood Workforce Strategy from Brisbane today, including the opportunities it affords the sector to inform and co-design targeted initiatives for our early learning and care workforce.

“A quality, qualified and valued workforce is vital to ensure every Queensland child gets the best start in life”.  Ms Death said.

“ELACCA commends the significant work being undertaken by the Queensland Government to build and retain a robust, quality and valued early learning and care workforce across the state”. Ms Death said.

Key features of the Early Childhood Workforce Strategy will be co-designed initiatives that underpin the importance of:

  • professional recognition
  • qualification skills and pathways
  • attracting and maintaining expertise
  • enhancing workforce expertise
  • strong leadership identity
  • health, wellbeing and resilience.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Queensland Department of Education, and other sector leaders, to co-develop and implement actions and initiatives. We particularly welcome the deliberate intent of this Strategy to align with, and support, the nationally agreed workforce strategy Shaping Our Future”.

Queensland’s Early Childhood Workforce Strategy is now accessible online.


For more information please contact:

Sally Maddison

Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA)

PO Box 348

Annandale NSW 2038

Mob: 0498 228 762

E: [email protected]


About us:

The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) was established to promote the value of quality early learning and care as an integral part of Australia’s education system. 

Our 19 CEO members include some of the largest early learning providers in the country, representing both not-for-profit and for-profit services. ELACCA members operate 1,984 long day care services, 310 preschool/kindergarten services and 92 OSHC services, covering every state and territory. They offer one-quarter of all the long day care places in Australia. Together, our members serve 369,776 children and their families, and employ more than 56,708 staff.

As well as promoting the value of quality early learning and the need for greater public investment, ELACCA advocates for the right of all children to access quality early learning and care, particularly children facing disadvantage. We do this by drawing on the knowledge and practical experience of our members and representing their views to decision makers in government, the media and the public.