Early Childhood and Child Care

Early Childhood and Child Care Programmes

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Jobs for Families Child Care Package

The Australian Government will invest around $40 billion on child care support over the next four years. This significant investment includes an increase of more than $3 billion to support the implementation of the Jobs for Families Child Care Package. The package will provide greater choice for...


Families can use the MyChild website to get information about child care, early learning and other issues that affect children.

Child Care Payments Compliance Programme

The Child Care Payments Compliance programme is focused on protecting the integrity of payments made by the Australian Government to support families accessing quality care and promote compliant behaviour with family assistance law by approved child care services. This is achieved through three...

Nanny Pilot Programme

The Australian Government's Nanny Pilot Programme provides subsidised care for families to use a nanny for their child care needs. The programme is aimed at supporting families who struggle to access child care services, particularly if they are shift workers, live in regional or remote areas or...

Child Care Subsidy

The Child Care Subsidy builds on the Productivity Commission’s recommendations and will make the system simpler, more affordable, more flexible and more accessible for families.

Inclusion Support Programme

As part of the Jobs for Families Child Care Package, the Australian Government is investing $1 billion (over 4 years from 2016-17) to establish a Child Care Safety Net.

Early Childhood Workforce Initiatives

The Early Childhood Workforce Initiatives include a range of programmes and incentives to support, train and retain an experienced and qualified child care and early learning workforce.

Child Care Information for Service Providers

Child care service providers and other organisations can get information and support from the Australian Government to help them to deliver high quality child care services. This includes information on how to become a child care service provider, how to operate a child care service and how to...

No Jab, No Pay

No Jab, No Pay starts from 1 January 2016

Inclusion and Professional Support Program

The Inclusion and Professional Support Program concluded on 30 June 2016.Information relating to the closure of IPSP and transition to the Inclusion Support Programme is available on the IPSP Transition page.

Child Care Services Support Programme

Child care service providers may get financial help from the Australian Government through the Child Care Services Support Programme.

Early Childhood and Child Care in Summary

The Early Childhood and Child Care in Summary report presents information on the numbers of children and families using approved child care, the costs of care and the numbers and types of child care services in Australia.

Connected Beginnings

Connected Beginnings is an element of the Community Child Care Fund under the Commonwealth Government’s Jobs for Families  Child Care Package. From  July 2016,  $20 million over two years is available for the program to support the integration of early childhood, maternal and...

Budget Based Funded Programme

The Budget Based Funded (BBF) Programme provides a contribution to the operational costs of approximately 300 child care and early learning and school aged care services in a limited number of approved locations. These services are predominantly located in regional, remote and Aboriginal and...

Child Care Management System

The Child Care Management System is a national online computer system. All approved child care services are required by family assistance law to operate under the system.

National Occasional Care Programme

Under the Better Child Care and Early Learning framework, the Australian Government made a commitment to reinstate the funding for the National Occasional Care (NOC) programme (formerly known as the Neighbourhood Model Occasional Child Care programme).

National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care

The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care (NQF) ensures children receive a high standard of education and care.

Ministerial Advisory Council for Child Care and Early Learning

The Government is committed to ensuring that Australia's child care and early learning system is flexible, sustainable and fair, providing quality early learning for children and meeting the needs of Australia's working parents and employers.

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning

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...