ELACCA welcomes new Goodstart CEO Dr Ros Baxter

Media release

24 March 2023

The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) is thrilled to welcome Dr. Ros Baxter as the Chief Executive Officer of Goodstart Early Learning.

With over 25 years of experience in the field, Dr Baxter brings a wealth of knowledge and a strong commitment to education, in particular to address intergenerational disadvantage.

As an experienced public policy professional with a background in social work and research, Dr Baxter believes in partnering closely with families, educators, and services who know and understand children best.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr Baxter as a member of ELACCA. Her experience and passion for early intervention and education will compliment and enable ELACCA’s collaboration to drive informed innovation in the early learning sector, helping to shape the futures of thousands of children across the country,” said Elizabeth Death, CEO of ELACCA.

“The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia looks forward to working closely with Ros and the Goodstart team to leverage our scale and reach to lead exceptional early learning outcomes for all our youngest Australians, ” Ms Death concluded.

“Dr Baxter’s leadership at Goodstart, and collaboration with ELACCA, will have a significant impact on the early childhood education and care sector in Australia”.


For more information please contact:

Sally Maddison

Early Learning and Care Council of Australia

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 early learning places in Australia. Together, our members serve 336,000 children and their families, and employ more than 53,000 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.