History of CAWA

The Australian Childcare Alliance WA (ACA WA) is a not-for-profit, member-funded organisation advocating for the future of Australia’s children.
We work on behalf of early learning service providers to ensure families and their children have an opportunity to access affordable, high quality early learning services throughout Australia.

The ACA WA has existed for more than 40 years. ACA WA, formally The Child Care Association of WA (CAWA), was formed in 1972 and was responsible for lobbying the Federal Government to provide funds training for Child Care workers. The first training that was initiated was the Child Care Certificate (CCC) which was followed by the entry level training the Introduction to Child Care. The Association has subsequently been involved in quality issues, training, the development of programmes, updating regulations and Industrial Relations. Western Australia was the first state to have legislated Child Care Regulations and an Industrial Award for educators developed by the private Early Learning sector. The emphasis has always been on developing quality services and keeping members up to date with Industry knowledge and assistance.

In 2014 Childcare Association of WA Inc changed their name with the other State Associations to come under our National Body the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA). We are very proud to now be known as Australian Childcare Alliance Western Australia (ACA WA).

Our experience means that we understand the critical role a quality early learning program plays in the life of families and the importance of a viable long day care sector in preparing children for the best start in life and learning.


The ACA has extensive experience in the fields of early learning, training, and management. We work with Federal and State Governments, regulatory authorities, and other stakeholders to ensure that families are supported into the future with a sustainable, affordable, and a viable sector.