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Tuesday, 31 May 1994
Page: 1000

(Question No. 1364)

Senator Newman asked the Minister for Family Services, upon notice, on 3 May 1994:

  (1) How many child-care centres have registered with the Government's Quality Improvement and Accreditation System for child-care centres.

  (2) Why have a large number of centres in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia received a letter, workbook and self-study report from National Childcare Accreditation Council Chair Ms Quentin Bryce, which should only be sent to centres when they have applied to be registered, when they have not in fact sought registration under the Quality Improvement and Accreditation System.

  (3) Does the figure in (1) include these bogus registrations.

Senator Crowley —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) 2,106 centres as at 6 May 1994.

  (2) On 17 February 1994 I wrote to all long day child care centres in receipt of Childcare Assistance, advising that centres which had not already registered would shortly receive a copy of the Quality Improvement and Accreditation Workbook and Self-Study Report. This was to ensure that all centres would have access to all information available to help understanding of, and participation in, the new System.

  Through administrative error, a letter signed by Ms Quentin Bryce AO to accompany the distribution of the Workbook and Self-Study Report to registered centres was enclosed with the information packages sent to some centres not yet registered.

  (3) No.