Children’s Education and Care Industry Reference Committee

The Children's Education and Care IRC is responsible for national training package qualifications relevant to Early Childhood Educator and Education Aide job roles. These job roles provide education, care, support and assistance in a range of educational settings including independent schools and community settings.

These qualifications are included in the CHC Community Services Training Package.  

The IRC will consult widely during any future training package development process providing opportunity for any interested parties to make a contribution.

Technical Advisory Committees may also be established to inform future work, utilising a broad range of stakeholders with technical and specific industry knowledge.

The Children's Education and Care IRC is supported by the Skills Service Organisation, SkillsIQ. For more information visit SkillsIQ.

Further information about the role of IRCs and how they operate can be found in the IRC Operating Framework.

The AISC has approved the following members for the Children's Education and Care IRC:

Representation Type  Organisation Member Home State
Employer/ Enterprise KU Children's Services Ms Jan Faulkner NSW
Gowrie Victoria Ms Michele Haywood VIC
RTO Charles Darwin University Ms Kim Hawkins (Deputy chair) NT
TAFE SA Ms Dawn Benjamin SA
Government Department of Education and Care (NT) Ms Sue Longstaff NT
Blacktown City Council Dr Marina Papic NSW
Peak Bodies and Association Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care - National Voice for our Children Mr David Ellis VIC
Family Day Care Australia Mr Michael Farrell NSW
Australian Community Children's Services Mr Brian Newman (Chair) VIC
National Outside School Hours Services Association Ms Robyn Monro-Miller NSW
Australian Childcare Alliance Ms Ann Marie Chemello WA
Early Childhood Australia Ms Annette Barwick TAS
National Authority Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority Mr Michael Petrie NSW
Union United Voice Dr Emma Cannen NSW
United Services Union Ms Sue Kealy NSW