The Tasmania branch of Early Childhood Australia is the peak organisation in Tasmania that is a voice for young children from birth to eight years of age.

The Tasmania Branch is also a great source of professional support for members, with great networking opportunities.

Branch Executive

Branch President Annette Barwick
National President Trevor Brown
Vice President Jo Walsh
Public Officer Kate Whitbread
Treasurer Sebastian Tuttle
Secretary Jann Williams
Committee Member Gail Eaton-Briggs
Committee Member Jo Canavan
Committee Member Kellie Watson
Committee Member Lauren Armstrong
Committee Member Mel Reid-Prewer


The ECA Tas branch publishes a regular newsletter that goes to ECA Tasmanian members, developed by our newsletter subcommittee. Click below to view previous newsletters:

Reconciliation Action Plan

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Early Childhood Education & Care Skills Compact

The Early Childhood Education & Care Industry Skills Compact has been signed by the Tasmanian Government and Early Childhood Australia (ECA) – Tasmanian Branch.

The Industry Skills Compacts are the Tasmanian Government’s core mechanism to engage with industry regarding training and workforce development.

The Industry Skills Compacts support strong partnerships between participants in the training and workforce development system, while delivering on the recommendations of the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council.

The Early Childhood & Care Industry Skills Compact document includes the agreement between the Government and ECA Tasmania Branch, and a Priority Action Plan.

Early Childhood Education & Care Industry Skills Compact

Early Childhood Education & Care Industry Skills Compact – Priority Action Plan

Early Years and School Age Care (EYSAC) Workforce Plan

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Tasmania Branch is the peak body for early childhood education and care in Tasmania. The vision, Every Young Child is Thriving and Learning, underpins our work and drives the workforce agenda. We know that thriving children need thriving educators to reach their full potential. We also know that thriving economies need thriving education and care services. The synergy between these two points is, ‘the workforce’. A professional, proficient, and activated workforce that can meet both the vital quality early learning of our future workforce, and the social and economic growth and stability of our home state.

We also know great outcomes can be achieved when stakeholders work together with a shared purpose. Through the continued activation of the EYSAC Workforce Strategy, ECA Tasmania Branch is committed to creating the right conditions to support a strong and sustainable EYSAC professional community now and into the future. This robust, collaborative approach to workforce planning and development will ensure Tasmanian EYSAC educators are supported and equipped to grow professionally and advocate strongly for children to learn and thrive.

The Tasmanian Department of Education, Education and Care Unit is the Project Sponsor and advances outcomes for children through effective regulation and support of early childhood education and care in Tasmania.

ECA Tasmania Branch, as the owner of the project, has contracted Lady Gowrie Tasmania (LGT) to operationalise the EYSAC Workforce Project in accordance with explicit governance protocols.

All work undertaken is guided by the Early years and School Age Care Workforce Strategy Tasmania 2021 and Beyond

Workforce Coordination Project

Part of the Local people in Local Jobs initiative the, Workforce Coordination project is the first project to be funded (Department of State Growth and administered by Skills Tasmania) under the Tasmanian Community Services Industry Plan (2021-31) (Industry Plan).

The Workforce Coordination Project is a whole of industry response to:

  • a projected shortage of 4000 jobs within the community services sector by 2024 and,
  • the need to ensure the industry has the skilled and diverse workforce necessary for the delivery of flexible and responsive services that achieve positive client outcomes.

It is a partnership led by TasCOSS on behalf of the social services sector peak bodies and the Tasmanian peak bodies of ACCPA, NDS, ECA Tasmania Branch (contracted to Lady Gowrie Tasmania).

 This project is designed to add value and capacity to the individual sectors within the community services industry. It is not intended to replace sector specific workforce activities, but to enhance each other’s work to achieve a cumulative beneficial effect.


e: ecatas@earlychildhood.org.au

PO Box 306
Sandy Bay
Tasmania 7006

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