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May 15, 2018
P&Cs need to know...

Your insurance

Treasurers (and immediate past treasurers) have been sent insurance renewal questionnaires from Civic Insurance, the brokers of Council's group insurance scheme.  P&C treasurers, in conjunction with the committee, should review their insurance needs, fill in the questionnaire and return it to Civic Insurance by June 1.

In order to make sure your insurance covers your P&C properly, you must fully disclose all P&C operations, events, and so on, including accurate total numbers of people to be covered by the policy. Once your form is received, the insurers will issue your P&C an invoice for the required insurance. Any queries, please contact David McAlary at Civic Insurance or our office

Workers compensation insurance

If your P&C has paid employees, you should also have received a wages estimate form, due to be returned to Civic Insurance by June 1. Based on your estimate, you will be sent an invoice for workers compensation cover, with payment due June 30.

Volunteer management

Volunteering ACT is repeating its highly regarded workshop to help volunteer organisations attract, understand and manage their volunteers. The Essentials for Volunteer Managers Workshop is well worth the price and will run on June 13 in the city.

Inclusion grants

The Disability Inclusion Grants provide community groups financial support to become more inclusive and accessible for people with disability. Applications for grants of up to $20,000 close on July 2. If you are interest in applying for grants, check out our tips.
Council happenings...

Preschool society merger

Council is pleased to announce plans for the Canberra Preschool Society (CPS) to merge with Council over the next few months. The CPS has been looking after Parent Associations at Canberra's Preschools and Playschools and advocating for families for 75 years and we welcome the new focus on early childhood education that the merger will bring to Council.

In line with this focus, we have established an Early Learning sub-Committee (nominations for this committee will be open from July 1) and will also be creating a new office position - Early Learning Officer (which will be advertised shortly). We'll let you know more about the new arrangements in the coming months.

Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)


Join us for our next General Meeting to hear from the Education Directorate's Sam Seton about inclusion in our schools and Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) and how to make them work for your child. Everyone is welcome. Feel free to sharing our Facebook event with others in your school community who may be interested. It's on from 7pm, Tuesday May 22, 51 Fremantle Dr, Stirling.

Our activities

Our Council Executive and office staff have been busy on a number of fronts this month, including:
  • commenting to Education Directorate (EDU) on draft changes to the Education ACT
  • giving further and continued input into EDU's Future of Education consultation
  • commenting to the media on NAPLAN and Gonski 2.0
  • working with EDU to get wifi access to all P&C-run canteens
  • making arrangements for our merger with the Canberra Preschool Society
  • preparing for our upcoming meetings with the Education Minister and senior EDU staff
  • answering P&C enquiries and running training workshops for you - our members

Executive farewell

We sadly note the resignation from Council Executive of Jackie Floro. Thanks, Jackie, for all your work, particularly with canteens. We do understand your need to focus on your own P&C and re-balance your commitments!

Upcoming events

  • General Meeting including presentation on inclusion and ILPs (see above), May 22, 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. All welcome
  •  Executive Meeting, Tuesday June 12, 7pm start
In case you missed it...

Treasurer and Effective P&C workshops

If you missed our 'Effective P&C' or Treasurer workshops, don't despair! Our office team is available to help you with your P&C role - simply contact us.
You may also find our web resources useful, such as:
You might be interested...

NAPLAN parent support

NAPLAN testing is this week.  There is some useful parent information here.

Mental health & young people

Carers ACT would like to extend an invitation to parents and carers to attend their free forum on ‘Mental Health Issues for Young People’ in Woden on the evening of Tuesday June 19. It is an opportunity to hear from one of Australia’s leading experts in child and adolescent mental health, and better understand the difficult and often confronting topic of young people and mental health. Topics include what parents need to know about depression, suicide, eating disorders, deliberate self-harm and other mental health problems in young people.

NDIS inquiry

The Inquiry into the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the ACT is now moving into the public hearing stage. You can access the schedule for the five days of public hearings, or still make a submission, here.
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