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:

Next census

The fifth National Workforce Census will take place in 2024.

The Social Research Centre will conduct the National Workforce Census between April and July 2024.

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

Below are some key dates you should be aware of.

Key dates



December 2023

All 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 2024

The department will send a letter to all providers with more information.

Late February 2024 

The Social Research Centre will contact providers, services and PMCs with more information.

March 2024

Registration will open. 

April to July 2024  The Social Research Centre will conduct the National Workforce Census.

Previous census data

More information

For more information, email the National Workforce Census team at