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12 Sep 2014

Quality early learning is good for kids and our future prosperity

The Benevolent Society urges the Abbott Government and the Productivity Commission to take note of the significant contribution to future productivity of quality early childhood education and care, particularly for children experiencing disadvantage.
"It's commendable that the Government will continue funding universal preschool access for all four year-olds for 15 hours a week for at least another year, and we urge the government and the Productivity Commission to realise the full value to our future prosperity of ensuring maximum participation of Australian children under five in quality early childhood education and care," said Benevolent Society Executive Director Matt Gardiner.

  • 1 Aug 2014

    First charity endorses Forrest Review early childhood recommendations

    The Benevolent Society, Australia’s first and longest running charity, welcomes the contribution that the Forrest Review makes to helping us achieve better outcomes for all Australian children.

    “We fully endorse the recommendation, "that all governments prioritise investment in early childhood, from conception to three years of age". However the Benevolent Society would not support the setting up of a ‘Healthy welfare card’or recommendations that reflect a very hard line towards young job seekers and punitive approaches to families in relation to school attendance.

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  • 22 Jul 2014

    Child care review points to high quality and fairer system but some vulnerable children may miss out

    The Benevolent Society welcomes the release of the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning. This review provides an evidence-based rationale for maintaining high quality early learning and care, whilst making it accessible and affordable more broadly across our community.

    However, we have great concerns about the impact on disadvantaged families who may be unable to meet the current activity test of 24-hours of work, study or training per fortnight, so wouldn’t be eligible for the subsidy.

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  • 4 Jul 2014

    Anne Hollonds steps down as CEO

    Anne Hollonds has stepped down from heading up Australia’s first charity after serving as a CEO of not-for-profit organisations for seventeen years.

    Announcing Anne’s resignation, Board Chairman Lisa Chung said, “I would like to thank Anne for the leadership and incredible energy and passion she brought to The Benevolent Society during a critical period for our organisation.

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  • 30 Jun 2014

    Cautious welcome of McClure Review - as long as the vulnerable are protected

    The Benevolent Society welcomes the long term overhaul of the welfare system proposed in the McClure Report released yesterday, especially if it results in raising income support for our most vulnerable who are unable to work.  The simplification of our welfare system into four streams could make the system easier to navigate for many welfare recipients.

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  • 19 Jun 2014

    Child protection and early action funding boosts welcome in NSW Budget

    The Benevolent Society welcomes the injection of half a billion dollars into the child protection system announced in the NSW Budget, twenty per cent increase in budgeted early childhood education investment and a slight increase in funding for targeted earlier intervention services.

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  • 18 Jun 2014

    Early Action needed to prevent youth mental health crisis

    The Benevolent Society supports the recommendations of the Youth Mental Health Report just released by Mission Australia and Beyond Blue.

    “The shocking findings, that one in five young Australians are dealing with a serious mental illness but more than 60 per cent feel uncomfortable seeking professional support, are a wake up call to all of us,” said CEO Anne Hollonds.

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  • 10 Jun 2014

    Acting Early in SA to prevent challenging behaviour by students

    The Benevolent Society is concerned that large numbers of very young South Australian children are being suspended from school, and proposes the solution is to build children's social and emotional skills in the early years.

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  • 28 May 2014

    Invest in early action now for future economic prosperity says Canadian expert

    Governments that invest in high quality early intervention and prevention will reap the benefits of a more prosperous future with diminishing costs on health and welfare expenditures, said University of Toronto’s Professor Charles Pascal at an event hosted by The Benevolent Society in Sydney last night (Tues, 27 May).

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  • 10 May 2014

    Helping mums increases our future prosperity

    This Mother’s Day the Benevolent Society calls for more support for young parents in the early years before their children start school.

    “Well-supported mums (and dads) are the best form of early intervention to prevent or reduce the severity and cost of future life problems,” said Benevolent Society CEO Anne Hollonds.

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