Fund Our Future
It’s time for the Federal Government to permanently fund our kindergartens and provide certainty for the early childhood sector through
Universal Access funding.
It's time to invest in our next generation of Australians and give students the best possible start when
it comes to learning and life.
Universal Access funding is essential for our kindergartens. That funding ensures that all Australian children have access to 15 hours per week of early childhood education in the year before the commencement of school.
Yet, the Federal Government has failed to make a permanent commitment to Universal Access funding, instead drip feeding funding and leaving children, parents and employees in perpetual uncertainty.
It is crucial the Federal Government receives a clear message that its investment in early childhood education is not optional.
It’s time for the Federal Government to Fund Our Future!
Access to early childhood education means that our next generation of Australians get the best start to life.
Research has identified indisputable evidence of the positive effect that quality early childhood education has on children’s ongoing learning and development.
As the union for workers in the early childhood education sector in Queensland and the Northern Territory, our members know firsthand the difference that quality early childhood education means for our students and the community.
The importance of early childhood education as a driver for immediate and long-term economic development was recognised by the Productivity Commission in October 2014, yet for the last three years the Federal Government has provided no real commitment or certainty when it comes to funding.
As it is Australia currently provides less than a quarter of the OECD average expenditure on early childhood education, when measured as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
IEUA-QNT members have launched the Fund Our Future campaign, calling on the Federal Government to provide certainty for kindergarten students, parents and employees by ensuring permanent funding for Universal Access.
That funding needs to be ongoing and at a level which facilitates professional rates and conditions for employees of kindergartens and preschools in order to ensure a quality education for all students.
The Fund Our Future campaign includes an online petition which IEUA-QNT and community members can sign and share calling on Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham to provide certainty of funding for our kindergartens in the May budget and beyond.