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The AGECS Council

The AGECS Council is committed to inspiring Early Childhood professionals to make a positive impact for all children and their families. The AGECS envisages possibilities and brings them to life so that all children have access to high standards of care and education in Early Childhood settings. If you are interested in joining The AGECS Council in making a difference, submit your application by 31st October 2021


The AGECS eligibility and selection criteria

Applicants must be a member of the AGECS. To find out more about membership, go to the Join page.

  • Council members are elected at the AGM, under the Constitution for a one year term.
  • Applicants will be reviewed for recommendation on skills, connections, relevant experience and cultural fit.

Skills: Someone who is qualified and capable of doing the role that is asked of them.

Connections: Someone who knows the ECE sector and is connected well enough to bring additional value to the AGECS.

Passion: Someone who really wants to see the AGECS grow because they are passionate about what they do.

Culture: Someone who is going to fit into the culture of the AGECS Council and organisation’s mission and values.

The AGECS encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds.

The expression of interest process

  1. Complete the Council Application form and submit with a Cover letter and CV. Your cover letter is to indicate reasons for applying; your CV will demonstrate your professional experience and qualifications. The application must include two referees who have positions as Early Childhood professionals.
  2. Email application to the Administration Officer at
  3. The Membership committee will review application and contact referees. Applications will be reviewed according to current AGECS Council needs as reflected in the Matrix. Further written information from candidate will be requested if required.
  4. Potential candidates will be contacted and an interview may be requested. 
  5. Members who have completed this process can be co-opted (without voting rights) on to Council to fill a casual vacancy at any time of year. 
  6. To be elected formally, the applicant will complete a Council Nomination form to be voted on at the Annual General Meeting.

Sarah O'Donnell

A number of years ago, I was “dragged” onto the AGECS by a friend! It was great to find a group of people who were as passionate as I was about supporting educators to be able to give children the best start possible to education through quality early childhood programs. Over the years we have seen some change at AGECS. As we have grown we have been able to offer some amazing opportunities to the sector. As a council we have matured and developed roles, systems and procedures so that the workload is shared. 

We are about to enter a new era with AGECS. We have some amazing projects about to start, we will be celebrating our 100 years and we will be rebranding to take us into the next 100 years. There has not been a time I have enjoyed being part of the council more. Hope to see you soon!

Judy Dunn

I became a member of AGECS, or the Graduates as it was known then, when I left Melbourne Kindergarten Teachers College in the early 70s. Many years later I joined the AGECS Council and later became president. During those years AGECS reached out to their colleagues in settings other than traditional kindergartens. By expanding the membership criteria, teachers and educators were now able to come together for many stimulating professional events. It is true to say, the nature of our services does not provide many opportunities for professional discourse and even less opportunities to form broad networks. AGECS has endeavoured to fill this gap through their journal AUDAX, forums and now most successfully offering online professional events.     

Next year AGECS will have achieved 100 years as a professional body. Throughout its long history it has essentially strived to improve the quality of education and care for young children. Early childhood teachers and educators who choose to belong to a professional body demonstrate they are seeking to be energised and committed to self-improvement and that is always good for children. 

So, I invite you to join us in this most exciting time to be an early childhood professional and take an active part in what I believe is a renaissance in our profession.

Avril McHugh

I had been practising in Early Childhood Education for 30 years when I joined AGECS Council.  I wanted to contribute back to the profession while still practising.  The profession had expanded rapidly with societal changes of women going back to work when children were still young.  I saw a need for a strong voice advocating for young children and their education, as well as supporting new graduate teachers.

Belonging to The AGECS has enabled me to be part of an organization that explores ideas and practices through providing Forums, workshops, grants and fellowships to Early Childhood Teachers.  AGECS also funds projects such as Adopting and Embedding the Possum Skin Pedagogy and Culture of Change in Long Day Care. The AGECS brings together people who want to make a difference in the Early Childhood Education profession by advocating for those children in areas of need and vulnerability.

Maree Wiggins

I have been on the AGECS Council for ten years and I am glad I made this commitment. The groundwork in Early Childhood Education and Care is the key to increasing the value of the future of children. The AGECS Council provides a standard of excellence by advancing Early Childhood education through workshops, forums and PDs and this is available for all Early Childhood professionals.

I have learned many skills as an executive and general member of AGECS and have developed an understanding of good governance; keeping up with the current rules and regulations and the responsibility of management and strategic planning.