Insights Sectors: Childcare

Feb 25, 2019

INSIGHT: A reminder: Child Care providers in Victoria, now subject to the Victorian Reportable Conduct Scheme

The new laws which applied from 1 January 2019, regulate the way in which employers in the child care industry identify, investigate and respond to all child safety allegations. The laws apply to all Victorian approved child care providers under the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 (Vic) and any children’s service under […]

Aug 28, 2018

INSIGHT: Child Care Subsidy Law– An introduction to the new Minister’s Rules and Secretary’s Rules 2017

2 July 2018 saw a huge change in the practical and legal governance of child care benefits across Australia with the introduction of the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and removal of Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. CCS continues to be regulated by the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and […]

Aug 6, 2018

INSIGHT: High stakes for organisational heads as Victoria introduces new requirements as part of reportable conduct scheme

In the wake of the “Betrayal of Trust Inquiry” the Victorian government is rolling out wide ranging new legislative amendments[1] in the form of the Reportable Conduct Scheme (the Scheme).  These changes aim to strengthen organisational responses to child abuse allegations, and ensure systems are in place to prevent child abuse. Changes include strict reporting and […]

Jun 4, 2017

INSIGHT: How long must you retain child care records in Victoria?

Are you aware that there are stringent requirements to retain child care records and also to implement supporting policies? The regulations relating to the retention of child care records are reflected in the Education and Care Services National Regulations Regulation 177 and 183, which are adopted in Victoria under the Education and Care Services National […]

Jun 1, 2017

INSIGHT: What does mandatory reporting mean for early child care workers?

Vital role of early childcare workers recognised by law reform – ‘Mason’s Law’: Changes to the Child Protection Act 1999 (Qld) reflect the vital role workers in the early childhood sector play in the health and wellbeing of Queensland’s children. These changes will take effect on 1 July 2017. Early childhood carers and educators are […]

May 15, 2017

INSIGHT: Amendment of service approvals – your options if you are refused

Child care services may wish to apply for an amendment to their service approval for example, to increase the number of children that can be cared for at any one time. Applications to amend service approvals must be in writing and contain prescribed information. Child care services are encouraged to submit the application online using the […]

May 15, 2017

INSIGHT: Proposed changes to National Quality Framework

Proposed changes to the National Quality Framework (NQF) have been agreed and will be introduced from October 2017. The changes include: A revised National Quality Standard to strengthen quality in education and care by reducing the number of standards and elements from 18 standards to 15, and 58 to 40 elements. Changes aimed to achieve greater […]

May 15, 2017

INSIGHT: Choosing the right business structure for your child care service

Whether you are entering into an existing child care business, intending to set up a new structure or restructuring an existing business there are a range of legal structures which may apply in your circumstances. Different legal risks and liabilities associated with each business structure may apply: Sole Trader Appropriate for sole owners who intend to […]

May 3, 2017

INSIGHT: Family Day Care Law: avoiding breaches of the National Law and Regulations

Meridian Lawyers acts for a wide range of childcare providers including family day care services who may on occasion need to respond to a complaint or regulatory investigation concerning compliance with the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations (‘National Law’). The National Law was enacted with specific objectives including to: ensure the safety, […]

Feb 21, 2017

INSIGHT: Trends in business sales and purchases: assignment of leases

During 2016 Meridian Lawyers acted for many clients in the successful sale or purchase of a wide variety of businesses from child care businesses to dental practices, pharmacies and fitness businesses, to wineries. Where a business occupies premises under a lease, the lessor may not always be pleased to learn that their tried and trusted […]

Dec 7, 2016

INSIGHT: Are you selling a child care business?

Whether you have negotiated the sale of your child care business yourself or through a business broker, you will need a solicitor with child care experience to prepare and negotiate the contract of sale, and manage the transaction through to completion on your behalf. The legal process can be broken down into six distinct stages […]

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