Data and reports


Data and reports relating to the early childhood and child care

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning

In November 2013 the Australian Government requested the Productivity Commission undertake an Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning.

The report looked at the current state of early learning and child care in Australia, what Australians wanted for the future and how to achieve this in a way that better supported children's learning and development needs and the workforce participation of parents. The report was released on 20 February 2015.

Australian Government Response to Senate Inquiries

The Government provided responses to two Senate Committee Inquiries into the new child care system legislation.

Departmental data

The Early Childhood and Child Care in Summary report provides data about the child care sector.

Research conducted for development of new child care package

In 2015 the Department of Social Services, and then the Department of Education and Training, commissioned ORIMA Research to conduct research with Australian families to help inform the development of the Government’s future policy in child care.

Australian Government Response to Red Tape Report on Child Care

The Australian Government response to the Senate Select Committee on Red Tape - Effect of red tape on child care - Interim report was tabled in Parliament on 15 November 2018.

Australian Government Response