Aman Manyok Thiak, founder and director of White Butterfly Family Day Care, had her daycare approval cancelled by authorities in Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales. Among the breaches were providing false first-aid training documents and employing educators who were insufficiently qualified.
As The Australian reports, David Manyok, Aman's brother, set up the 5 Star Training Institute in 2014 and provided training for five White Butterfly staff. Mr Manyok's company was subsequently accused by the Western Australian Government of issuing a certificate to a would-be educator who did not attend the training.
Ms Manyok has denied the allegations against her business and accused the state body that regulates family daycare, the West Australian Department of Local Government and Communities, of racism (the Manyok siblings are Sudanese). For his part, Mr Manyok has denied he is related to Ms Manyok, despite the fact both have registered companies at the same address.
A spokesperson from the department confirmed that issues were found with the 5 Star Training Institute, with at least one educator informing the department that she never attended training but received a certificate nonetheless. The training provider is now also being investigated by a federal regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority.
"They are all a bunch of idiots, this has to do with racism," said Ms Manyok, who intends to fight the cancellation of her daycare business in Victoria. "They gave the licences out to the wrong people, that’s the problem, and now they want to shut me down.
"I followed the rules and the laws. It’s not my job to clean up their mess.
"There is corruption going on and educators are doing the wrong thing but the department goes after the providers."
A training company run by the brother of a daycare operator whose approval was cancelled as a result of several regulation breaches, is now itself the subject of a federal investigation after being shut down for the alleged use of fake or misleading staff qualifications.