Our Advocacy

ELAA’s advocacy program contributes to improved outcomes for children, early childhood services and parents.

Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) works in partnership with early learning providers and parents to advocate for a strong and viable early childhood sector. Our diverse membership base of over 625 service providers managing services at over 1,300 locations includes early years management organisations, independent kindergartens, local governments, long day care services, government and independent schools and out of school hours care programs.

ELAA’s vision for 2025 is for excellence and equity in early childhood education and care. We strive for this by developing solutions with members, governments and sector partners and advocating for their adoption.

Members inform our views

ELAA establishes advisory and reference groups in areas such as industrial relations and for early years managers to inform its advocacy and support members’ in their work. Surveys and consultations with members and other stakeholders also inform our submissions and campaigns.


ELAA represents the views of our members in state and federal government forums on early childhood policy and broader social reforms and their implementation.

On behalf of its members, ELAA makes submissions to key inquiries and State and Federal budget processes.

ELAA also represents the views of its members and contemporary early learning sector thinking to the media through media releases and direct commentary


To inform our policy research and analysis, ELAA engages with academics and other thought leaders.

We collaborate with other peak bodies to ensure our voices are heard and to promote the strengths of the community-based early childhood services .