Update on ALIA’s stance on ParentsNext

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has sent a letter to Senator Rachel Siewert, Committee Chair of the Senate inquiry into ParentsNext, following the release of the Committee’s report.

Our letter highlights several examples of ParentsNext providers continuing to use library services contrary to instructions given by the Department of Jobs and Small Business. We have suggested introducing a penalty for providers who ignore the Department’s requirements.

‘We were pleased to see that the inquiry has recognised that the ParentsNext scheme is seriously flawed and that fundamental changes are needed,’ ALIA CEO, Sue McKerracher, said. ‘The report made mention of ALIA’s submission and referenced the issues with storytimes in libraries in a number of places.’ 

ALIA made a submission to the inquiry and ALIA’s strong stance was noted in The Guardian on 29 March 2019, and previously in the Sydney Morning Herald on 12 February 2019.


ALIA’s advice to Members in public libraries is to:

  • Put a ParentsNext policy in place, with the support of your Council.
  • Alert staff to look for ParentsNext providers operating “under the radar”.
  • Reassure any storytime participants who are concerned, that individual attendance is not monitored.


About the Australian Library and Information Association

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector.

With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support. www.alia.org.au

Contact:  advovacy@alia.org.au

Monday 01 April 2019 2:15pm