Australian Government to fund establishment of dozens of early childhood education and care services where there is limited supply

The Australian Government will fund 47 new early childhood education and care (ECEC) services in areas of limited supply.

We have notified 28 providers they were successful in applying to establish 13 new Centre Based Day Care (CBDC) services and 34 Family Day Care (FDC) premises.

We will provide $16 million over this financial year and the next to the providers under the Community Child Care Fund’s limited supply grant.

The services will be in 38 communities across Australia:

  • in areas experiencing disadvantage in regional and remote areas
  • where there are no or limited similar services.

The grants provide establishment and capital support funding. They aim to:

  • set up services in communities experiencing disadvantage in regional and remote areas where there is a gap in the supply of approved services
  • help providers build capacity and operate sustainably
  • increase the number of children from areas of disadvantage in regional and remote areas accessing ECEC
  • enable local workforce participation by increasing access to ECEC.

A service can receive a maximum of $900,000 over the 2 years:

  • $600,000 for establishment and sustainability support
  • $300,000 for capital support.

Read the list of successful applications on the CCCF limited supply grant page.

Read the Minister’s media release on the announcement of the limited supply grants.