People are auctioning off their children: Airtasker safety concerns

Parents are auctioning off the care of their children online on Australian sharing economy platform Airtasker. Airtasker allows users to post jobs for everything from cleaning to assembling furniture and, more controversially, babysitting. Australian Nanny Association president Annemarie Sansom says the practice raises serious concerns for the safety of children. “People are putting a price…

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MEDIA RELEASE

The Australian Nanny Association recently became aware of a terrible situation where a family engaged the services of a person claiming to be a nanny directly from an online parents group. This person stated that they had a Working With Children Check and other background information but unfortunately the family was not aware that they…

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MEDIA RELEASE – BUDGET 2016 – 2017

The Australian Nanny Association (ANA) congratulates Treasurer – Minister Scott Morrison on the 2016/16 Australian Federal budget. The delay in the implementation of the ‘Jobs for Families’ Child Care package is a positive move and will allow further consultation and opportunity for consideration to changes and industry recommendations. We continue to offer our support to…

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Melbourne becomes nanny state

More than 100 nannies from around the country converged in Melbourne over the weekend for Australia’s first ever nanny convention. Australian nannies are being taught how to identify parents struggling with post-natal depression. Hundreds of nannies descended on Melbourne over the weekend for Australia’s first ever nanny convention. Australian Nanny Association president Annemarie Sansom said…

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Nannies trained to recognise depression

Australian nannies are being taught how to identify parents struggling with post-natal depression. Hundreds of nannies descended on Melbourne over the weekend for Australia’s first ever nanny convention. Australian Nanny Association president Annemarie Sansom said it was important that nannies knew what to do if they are working for a parent suffering from depression. “They…

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Australian nannies to gather in Melbourne

Melbourne will become a nanny state over the weekend when Australian nannies descend on the city for the the country’s first ever nanny convention. Delegates will hear about a range of topics including how to identify parents struggling with post-natal depression at the Australian Nanny Association event. Play School presenter Rachael Coopes will also address…

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The New Class of Nannies

Do your young kids stop you from going out and connecting with your partner? is your date life non-existent? Well the solution is at hand, a select number of diners have now started offering child care services as part of their ‘parents date night’. The services will include a nanny to keep the kids entertained…

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MEDIA STATEMENT

The Australian Nanny Association (ANA) is a non-profit membership Association. ANA is also the peak national body representing the nanny sector. We are holding our annual picnic for the first time in Darwin, Northern Territory. The picnic is held as a national event in conjunction with Nanny Appreciation Week. Nanny Appreciation Week is about celebrating…

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$246m nanny trial: no experience needed

$246m nanny trial: no experience needed The Australian 24/07/15 Unqualified nannies with no experi­ence will be able to pocket up to $2000 a week in taxpayer subsidies to care for seven children at a time, under the federal government’s $246 million nanny trial. Department of Social Services draft guidelines reveal that families will be able…

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Govt, Labor meet to discuss childcare

PARENTS will have to hope the government and opposition can agree on a new approach to childcare subsidies if they are to get cheaper and more accessible care with nannies. SOCIAL Services Minister Scott Morrison and his opposition counterparts will meet next week to discuss Productivity Commission childcare recommendations released on Friday. READ MORE>>

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Sudmalis pitches for local nanny trial

PARENTS are ecstatic over the federal government’s $246 million announcement to support nanny home care services. Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis said it would be great news for South Coast families if the two-year pilot program went ahead in 2016. “This program is ideal for parents who are nurses, police and ambulance officers, firefighters or shift…

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MEDIA STATEMENT

The Australian Nanny Association (ANA) welcomes the confirmation in the federal budget announcement of a $250 million Interim Home Based Carer Pilot Programme (Nannies Trial) to extend subsidy support to eligible families using nannies. The pilot programme will extend fee assistance to eligible parents of approximately 10,000 children. Subsidised support for families included in the…

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Nanny access a chance for Illawarra families

Illawarra families may soon have access to government payments for nannies if recommendations made in a major childcare review are adopted. The long-awaited Productivity Commission report, tabled in Parliament on Friday, aims to make childcare more affordable, flexible and accessible. Among the suggestions made in the 1000-page document was an extension to subsidies to include…

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Childcare report gets thumbs down from sector

Childcare experts and parents have been left scratching their heads at the Productivity Commission’s long-awaited blueprint for childcare reform, arguing its proposed new funding system is too difficult to understand and that many families would be worse off under the plan. One childcare sector representative told Fairfax Media the Abbott government would be “crazy” to…

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Childcare report: Coalition can show it is serious by restoring funding, says Labor

Labor pledges bipartisan approach to Productivity Commission  pledges Labour pledges bipartisan approach to Productivity Commission recommendations but says families are still hurting from last year’s budget cuts made to family payments in the last budget. The commission’s final report recommended changes including combining subsidies into a single payment which would be means-tested and paid directly to…

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Nanny rebates aren’t about helping the rich

Nannies are no longer for the rich and famous. Most work now for average Australian families, many of whom do shift work and don’t fit into the regular childcare system. Melbourne nanny Tracey McDermott said Australia was a “24hr-a-day, seven day a week society” and everyone would benefit from subsidies for nannies as an alternative…

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MEDIA RELEASE – Nanny suitability

The Australian Nanny Association (ANA) is disappointed to see incorrect and unfounded claims about the suitability of nannies as a form of childcare from other parts of the childcare sector surface again in the public discussion about the future direction of childcare in Australia. It is important understand that nanny describes a specific professional role…

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Nanny rebate battle stepped up

THE newly incorporated Australian Nanny Association will meet Childcare Minister Kate Ellis’s advisers next month to push its case for taxpayer subsidies and warn the government that the family daycare model will not solve the nation’s childcare woes. The news comes after Ms Ellis this week said expanding family daycare would solve the flexibility problems…

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Government ‘losing tax opportunities’

Government ‘losing tax opportunities’ THE federal budget stands to gain from allowing families to claim childcare benefits for their nannies as it will force the system to become regulated and employees working underground will start paying taxes. In its budget submission ahead of the May budget, the Australian Nanny Association argues that the government “is…

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Labor acts on rebate call for nannies

THE Gillard government has for the first time opened the door to taxpayer-funded nannies, declaring the commonwealth was prepared to work with the states to regulate the industry as it had done for the family daycare sector. After Tony Abbott pledged to request a Productivity Commission inquiry into extending the childcare rebate to nannies, the…

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Nannies back Labor’s move toward regulation

THE Australian Nanny Association says it is relieved to finally be acknowledged as a legitimate form of childcare and wants to join the government-funded in-home care program. ANA us co-president Tracey McDermott said the organisation was keen to “work towards putting in place minimum national standards and guidelines for nannies and agencies”. “We feel that…

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