The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that families are able to access affordable and flexible child care. One of the Government's first priorities was to task the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into future options for child care and early childhood learning, with a focus on developing a system that supports modern families' working circumstances and children's learning and development needs.
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There was significant sector and community interest in the inquiry with the Productivity Commission receiving 908 submissions and 1173 online comments.
The Government would like to thank parents, the sector, including child care educators and staff, peak bodies and others who took the time to participate in this once in a generation opportunity.
The report was released on 20 Febuary 2015 and is available to download on the Productivity Commission website.
The government undertook further consultations following the release of the Productivity Commission report and announced the Jobs for Families Child Care Package in response to the report as part of the 2015-16 Budget.