Additional information

Additional information on the child care system is available.

Evaluation of the child care package

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has commissioned a consortium of researchers led by the Australian Institute of Family Studies to undertake an independent evaluation of the child care package introduced on 2 July 2018.

National Quality Framework

The National Quality Framework (NQF) for early learning and child care ensures children receive a high standard of education and care.

Child Care Legislation

The Family Assistance Law is the basis for Commonwealth child care fee assistance, which includes the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and the Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS).

Data and reports

Data and reports relating to early childhood and child care.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning is an assessment for early childhood qualifications and acknowledges a person's knowledge and skill no matter where they learned it. It can then be counted towards a qualification, so a person doesn't have to study something they already know.

Case Studies

Australia has a dedicated early learning and child care workforce. These case studies feature stories from people who are passionate about their work.

Media Centre

Media articles and media releases associated with Early Learning and Child Care.

Ministerial Advisory Council

Between July 2014 and June 2017, the Ministerial Advisory Council for Child Care and Early Learning provided a forum where strategic policies affecting the child care and early learning sector could be considered, and informative consultation with the sector could take place.

Vendor Information

If you are interested in developing and registering a software product that can transact with Government’s Child Care Subsidy System and Child Care Management System, please contact Services Australia’s Child Care Software Provider Support team at for detailed information.