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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About the census

The National Workforce Census is for:

  • all Child Care Subsidy (CCS) approved providers and services
  • dedicated state- or territory-run 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 NWC

Registration is now open for the fifth National Workforce Census.

It is mandatory for all CCS approved providers and services to participate. This is a requirement of your approval under Family Assistance Law.


If you have any queries on the arrangements or questions about the census, please contact the NWC 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.

Key dates

December 2023All providers must ensure their contact details are up to date in the Child Care Subsidy System. You must have correct contact details for the provider, all services and all persons with management or control (PMCs).
Late February 2024The department will send a letter to all providers with more information.
Late February 2024The Social Research Centre will contact providers, services and PMCs with more information.
14 March 2024Registration will open.
April to July 2024The Social Research Centre will conduct the National Workforce Census.

Previous census data