ELACCA welcomes Australia’s first national Early Years Strategy

Media release   

7 May 2024 

The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) has welcomed today’s launch of the Australian Government’s Early Years Strategy.

‘We congratulate Minister Aly and Minister Rishworth on developing and delivering such a significant piece of policy work, which has required real commitment right across government,’ said ELACCA CEO Elizabeth Death.

‘Breaking down the barriers between government agencies is an important part of the strategy,’ said Ms Death. ‘But just as important are the mechanisms for listening to parents and carers, to enable genuine co-design of Australia’s early years system.’

‘We hope that the Early Years Strategy will be an important step forward in building cohesive, evidence-based policy for Australian families.’

Early childhood education and care sits at the heart of Australia’s early years architecture, but it requires strong collaboration with health, disability and family support systems (to name a few) to create a strong, joined-up system of support for every child and family.

ELACCA’s Partnerships Manager, Dr Amanda Walsh, was a member of the Early Years Strategy Advisory Panel, contributing her knowledge of ECEC and playgroups policy and practice. ELACCA thanks Dr Walsh for her service to the government.


For more information please contact:  

Amanda Walsh 

Early Learning and Care Council of Australia  

PO Box 348  

Annandale NSW 2038  

Mob: 0499 306 794 

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 18 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 2,011 long day care services, 370 preschool/kindergarten services and 92 OSHC services, covering every state and territory. They offer one-quarter of all the early learning places in Australia. Together, our members serve 369,776 children and their families, and employ more than 56,000 staff.