Child Care in Australia

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The Australian Government is investing additional funding into the Child Care Package to provide more support for families. Implemented on 2 July 2018, it represents the most significant change to the early childhood and care system in 40 years.

The Australian Government is committed to providing parents with more choice and opportunity to work, and more children with the opportunity to benefit from high quality early education and care. The Child Care Package provides genuine and much needed reform to make child care more affordable, accessible and flexible.

The Child Care in Australia quarterly report presents information about the child care sector in Australia. This is based on data from the child care system that was implemented in July 2018. The reports are available below. Data relating to the previous child care subsidy arrangements are also still available.

Revised Indigenous participation data

The March quarter 2020 Child Care in Australia publication data includes a revised time series of Indigenous participation in child care for the period July 2018 to March 2020. This is after inconsistencies in the Indigenous data were identified and as a consequence no Indigenous data was included in the December quarter 2019 publication. The inconsistencies, particularly in regard to how children and families are identified as being Indigenous, have now been addressed.

Users of Indigenous participation data should only refer to the link below for revised time series data for the periods September quarter 2018 to December quarter 2019.

Download revised Indigenous data tables