National Workforce Census

The Early Childhood Education and Care National Workforce Census helps us develop and measure policies and programs for the early childhood education and care sector.

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We would like to thank all those who completed the 2024 Early Childhood Education and Care National Workforce Census, which has now closed.

About the census

The National Workforce Census is for:

  • all Child Care Subsidy (CCS) approved providers and services
  • dedicated preschools and kindergartens.

It collects information about:

  • service use
  • children with additional needs
  • access to preschool programs
  • staff details, including staff demographics, types of work, roles, wages, professional development, qualifications, tenure, experience and current study.

We use this information to:

2024 Collection

The 2024 National Workforce Census is closed.  We look forward to releasing results, via this website, in early 2025.

If you have any queries about the National Workforce Census, please contact the Helpline on 1800 800 996 (free call) or email

Further information and regular updates on the National Workforce Census are available on the Social Research Centre website.

Previous Census data