Some frequently asked questions regarding the Australian Nanny Association
How is the ANA run?
ANA is run by a volunteer committee that includes nannies, agency owners and parents. The volunteers all have full time work, study or parenting commitments and devote their spare time to running ANA. The current committee is made up of seven nannies, four agency owners and one parent. No-one is paid for their work on the ANA committee.
What does ANA do?
ANA has been running for almost three years now. Apart from setting up the incorporated association from scratch, and the day-to-day running of the association, ANA committee members do the following (and more):
Arrange and attend meetings with government and opposition ministers to lobby for the funding of nannies.
- Attend meetings with industry stakeholders for discussions about where nannies fit into the childcare landscape currently, and if nannies are subsidised in the future.
- Take media enquiries and arrange, or participate in media stories about nannies and families that use nanny care.
- Maintain and create content for the ANA website and manage the ANA social media outlets.
- Write press releases.
- Engage public critics of nanny care and ensure they understand what nannies are and how they work.
- Write pieces for industry newsletters.
- Arrange and run the annual general meeting.
- Educate the media and the public on the role of nannies in contemporary Australian childcare.
- Promote professional practice and workplace health and safety in the nanny role.
- Advocate for, and actively work towards getting the government subsidy extended to nannies.
- Prepare official submissions, for example for the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Childcare.
- Meet with the Productivity Commission and assist them with information about nannies and the nanny industry.
- Create resources and fact sheets for members.
How do I become a member?
To join the ANA you need to complete the appropriate membership form and lodge it along with the membership fee. See our Membership information page.
Why does ANA require certain documents for nanny membership?
ANA promotes professionalism, child safety and quality care in the nanny industry. This means having, and maintaining, a current Working with Children Check, approved first aid certificate and CPR updated annually as a minimum. It is actually illegal to work with children in Australia without a Working with Children Check or equivalent for your state.
What are the benefits of becoming a member?
- Being recognised as a nanny who takes quality and professionalism seriously.
- Having the ANA committee working on your behalf, making the case for government subsidies for nannies, representing nannies within the media and creating resources for your use.
- Receive a quarterly newsletter.
- Become part of our Facebook nanny community.
- Have access to professional support.
- Receive discounts on insurance, first aid and other nanny related activities such as the ANA Nanny Convention.
- Attend the AGM.
- Eligibility to nominate for a position on the ANA Committee.
- Voting rights in committee elections and other ANA business.
Is the membership fee tax deductible?
What support or guidance does ANA offer?
Members are able to post in the Facebook group for discussion and support from peers, including ANA committee members. Members can also email or call ANA to discuss any issues they need support with. ANA is working on a series of fact sheets and information resources for members.
How are the committee members decided?
Members nominate themselves for committee positions and nominations are voted on and finalised at the AGM.
How do I become a committee member?
Firstly, you need to be an ANA member. In the lead up to the AGM the current committee will release position descriptions and call for nominations. Once you decide which committee role is appropriate for you, fill out a nomination form and provide it to the current committee to be voted on by the members at the AGM.
How is my information used?