Budget Based Funded Program

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The Budget Based Funded (BBF) program is closing 30 June 2018. The BBF program provides a contribution to the operational costs of approximately 300 child care and early learning and school aged care services.

Services supported by the BBF program are mostly located in regional, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, where the market would not otherwise be viable. Many of these BBF services are the sole providers of child care in their communities.

Support for BBF services under the Community Child Care Fund

The Australian Government announced the Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) as part of the new child care package. $61.8 million is committed under the CCCF to support BBF services transition into the new child care arrangements.

A range of service types are funded across Australia including:

  • Outside School Hours Care
  • Mobile Services
  • Multifunctional Aboriginal Children's Services
  • Flexible Care Services
  • Crèches

Services funded under the BBF program are not generally approved to administer Child Care Benefit (CCB) on behalf of families and are excluded from the National Quality Framework (NQF).

See the Budget Based Funded Program Guidelines for more information.

The new child care package

The new child care package commences in July 2018. BBF services will continue to be supported until June 2018 when they will either transition into the new child care package, or move to alternative funding arrangements.

Support for BBF services under the Community Child Care Fund

The Australian Government announced the Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) as part of the new child care package. $61.8 million is committed under the CCCF to support BBF services transition into the new child care arrangements. The money will also support services to meet the costs of expanding to increase Indigenous children's participation in care.

Current BBF services delivering child care will be able to access the 17/18 round of the CCCF via a restricted non-competitive grant process.

2013–14 review

The Department initiated a review of the BBF program in 2013–14, which was undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers. As a result of the review, changes were made to improve service performance standards and quality through the introduction of:

  • a performance framework
  • a quality improvement strategy
  • streamlined administration and reporting processes.

See the BBF Program Review Final Report for more information.