Budget Based Funded Program

The Budget Based Funded (BBF) Program 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 Torres Strait Islander communities where the market would otherwise fail to deliver services to meet the needs of children and their families. Many are the sole providers of child care in their communities.

A range of service types are funded across Australia including Crèches, Mobile services, Multifunctional Aboriginal Children's Services, and Outside School Hours Care. Services funded under the BBF Program are not generally approved to administer Child Care Benefit on behalf of families and are excluded from the National Quality Framework (NQF).

2016-17 Federal Budget

As announced in the 2016-17 Federal Budget, there will be a deferred implementation of some elements of the Jobs for Families Child Care Package, until July 2018. As a result, the BBF Program has been extended until 30 June 2018.

BBF funding recipients will be offered annual funding agreements for 2016-17 and 2017-18. BBF services will also be supported to transition to the new child care system, under the Jobs for Families Child Care Package or to move to alternative funding arrangements.

Program Background

The BBF Program was reviewed in 2013-14. The final report is available here: The BBF Program Review Final Report. As a result of the Review, changes were made in 2014 to improve service performance standards and quality through the introduction of:

  1. a performance framework
  2. a quality improvement strategy
  3. streamlined administration and reporting processes.

These changes are supported by the BBF Improved Standards Measure which has been in place since 2010.  This is also known as the BBF Quality Measure and provides funding to improve the quality of centre-based long day care BBF services by:

  • Improving the quality of the facilities from which services operate
  • Improving the qualifications of staff working in BBF services
  • Supporting services to strengthen their governance and administrative capacity.

More information about the BBF Program is provided in the following documents: