Dean's Lecture Series

Childcare and Workforce Participation

Presented by The Honourable Sussan Ley MP
Assistant Minister for Education

Wednesday 30 April, 6pm – 7pm
Elisabeth Murdoch-Theatre A, Spencer Road, Parkville Campus, view map

The work lives of Australian families are no longer strictly nine-to-five. Australia’s child care system needs to support today’s families, rather than languish with a model from the previous century.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of establishing more flexible child care options that are also affordable and accessible, and has tasked the Productivity Commission to undertake an Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning.

The Productivity Commission is taking a holistic view to reform and is looking at issues facing parents returning to the workforce, rural, regional and remote communities, shift workers, and disadvantaged and vulnerable children.

The Productivity Commission Inquiry has already stimulated broad public debate on the availability, accessibility and affordability of childcare in Australia.

Assistant Minister for Education, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, will speak about the need for sectoral reform, the Productivity Commission’s broad terms of reference and the views expressed via the consultation process so far, as well as the important relationship between childcare and female workforce participation.

Places are limited and registrations will close when the lecture is fully booked.
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Free public lecture - all welcome
For more information:
T: +61 3 8344 8331
E: education-events@unimelb.edu.au

The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Member for Farrer, Assistant Minister for Education
Born in Nigeria to British parents, Sussan Ley spent her early childhood in the United Arab Emirates, before migrating to Australia at the age of 13 with her parents and older brother.

Before entering Federal Parliament, her career path was wonderfully varied, providing a range of ‘real life’ experiences including obtaining a Commercial Pilot’s Licence, working as an air traffic controller with Sydney and Melbourne Airports and embarking on a livestock and dairy farming partnership, during which, she experienced the highs and lows that routinely test the resolve of farming families.

While raising three children and helping run the family farm in north east Victoria, Sussan undertook ten years of study and gained a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Accounting and Master of Taxation Law. She worked in a senior position at the Australian Taxation Office before successfully seeking Liberal Party pre-selection for the federal seat of Farrer.

Re-elected in 2004, Sussan was offered the added responsibility of Parliamentary Secretary for Children and Youth Affairs, then Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry in 2006. Shadow portfolios for Housing and Women followed in 2007, Justice and Customs /Assistant Treasurer (2008 -2009) then Childcare, Early Childhood Learning & Employment Participation (2010-2013). On the election of the Abbott Government in September 2013, Sussan was appointed Assistant Minister for Education allowing her to continue working with the childcare and early childhood education sector.