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ABC Learning: Expression of Interest process.



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The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister for Social Inclusion. Deputy Prime Minister 11 November, 2008

Media Release

ABC Learning - Expression of Interest Process

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard has announced that an Expression of Interest process has

commenced and encouraged parties to register their interest in the future of ABC Learning centres with the

receiver.

A number of organisations have already contacted the receiver, and others have contacted various arms of

Government, with a view to expressing their interest in potentially buying or otherwise operating individual,

or several ABC Learning Centres.

It is important to note that at this stage the receiver expects that most centres will continue to operate into the

New Year. There is currently no sale process being conducted for ABC assets.

The Government’s Child Care Industry Taskforce yesterday met with the receiver and was updated on their

plans. The receiver of ABC Learning is now undertaking a detailed review of the operational data of each and

every ABC Learning Centre.

As a consequence of yesterday’s discussion, representatives of the Child Care Industry Taskforce have been

embedded with the receiver to help undertake the necessary work to determine the best way forward for all

ABC centres.

In some cases, this may create opportunities for not for profit and for profit entities to operate local child care

centres that were previously operated by ABC but were not viable under its current business model.

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However, the receiver will need to be as well informed as possible when making decisions about the future of

each centre and the care arrangements for families.

In addition to the Expression of Interest process, the Government and the receiver are continuing to consult

with stakeholders with in an interest in the provision of early learning and care.

This is a challenging situation for parents, communities, governments and the corporate parties involved. The

Government will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to maximize certainty and stability.

The Australian Government has set up a dedicated information hotline on 180 2003 to provide basic

information to parents and employees. Up to date information for parents and employees is also available on

the mychild.gov.au website.

Media Contact:

media@deewr.gov.au

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