From the Chairof the Committee
THE HONOURABLE STEVE BRACKS MPPREMIER OF VICTORIA1 TREASURY PLACEMELBOURNE
Dear PremierI present to you the report of the Premier’s Children’s Advisory Committee.The Committee is firmly of the view that Victoria has a golden opportunityto become a world leader in services and support for young children andtheir families, and that the new approach detailed in this report will deliverclear social and economic benefits for the State as a whole.In accordance with our Terms of Reference, the Committee has madea series of recommendations covering services in Victoria for children agedfrom 0 to 8 years. The Committee has also articulated a vision and principlesto guide future investment by the Victorian Government in services foryoung children and families.The Committee believes there is compelling evidence for an overhaulof early years services in Victoria and has recommended a numberof actions to ensure stronger leadership and a more focused, coordinatedand integrated approach. In preparing its report, the Committee has metwith major stakeholders and service providers, received and consideredwritten submissions, undertaken consultations in collaboration with theCities of Greater Geelong and Casey, and reviewed Australian andinternational research into developments in services for young childrenand families. The Secretariat to the Committee has prepared a number ofdetailed Background Papers in support of the Committee’s report and theseare available through the Department of Premier and Cabinet website.The members of the Committee thank you for the opportunity to explorethese vitally important issues and look forward to working further with theVictorian Government to ensure that all Victorian children are given everypossible chance to shine.
CHAIRPREMIER’S CHILDREN’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE