Become an approved child care provider

Early childhood education and care providers must be approved to operate a service and administer the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) in Australia.

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The approvals process recently changed. Prior to 1 July 2023, Child Care Subsidy applications were managed in the Provider Entry Point. To make applying easier, all applications are now submitted via the National Quality Agenda IT System.

Applications submitted prior to 1 July 2023 will continue to be assessed. You do not need to resubmit your application.

Existing providers must now use the National Quality Agenda IT System to add a new service to existing approvals. Learn more about adding a new service.

The following information is for:

  • prospective providers who intend to apply for CCS approval
  • existing providers who intend to add or remove a service from their approval
  • prospective or existing providers who have purchased a service
  • existing providers who have undergone a restructure of their legal entity.

You must read the following information carefully before applying. You can also complete an e-learning course about the approval process on ACECQA’s website.

If you need help during the application process, contact

If you experience technical issues while using the National Quality Agenda IT System, please email

You can also subscribe to our weekly newsletter and join our Facebook Group to get information and help before you’re approved. 

Families who want to apply for CCS should visit the Services Australia website.