This report provides a snapshot of Child Care Subsidy (CCS) approved care over the March quarter 2023.
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About this report
The March quarter 2023 report includes data on:
- the number of children and families using approved care
- the number and types of approved services
- the cost of care
- total government subsidies.
The report covers the four approved care types that administer CCS.
In Home Care has been excluded from all service type, state and usage analysis for privacy reasons.
1,495,160 children from 1,064,910 families attended a CCS approved service.
1,419,150 children from 995,350 families were allocated a Customer Reference Number (CRN) by Services Australia, up 6.3% from the March quarter 2022. The remainder of this report analyses this cohort.
49.9% of children aged 0 to 5 and 34.5% of children aged 0 to 12 used approved care.
Of children in care:
- 59.3% (841,510 children) attended Centre Based Day Care
- 39.7% (563,010 children) attended Outside School Hours Care
- 5.6% (79,990 children) attended Family Day Care.
New South Wales had the largest share of children attending approved care, at 33.0% or 467,980 children. New South Wales also had the largest proportional increase, at 9.7% or 41,410 children.
40,430 children accessed Additional Child Care Subsidy.
|State or territory||Percentage of children using approved care|
|New South Wales||33.0|
|Australian Capital Territory||2.3|
60,240 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children attended approved care, up 8.8% from the March quarter 2022.
New South Wales had the largest share of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children attending approved care, at 37.9%.
The majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children using care attended Centre Based Day Care, at 68.4%. This compares with 59.3% for all children in care.
30.5% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children using approved care attended Outside School Hours Care, compared to 39.7% of all children.
|Care type||All children||Indigenous children|
|Centre Based Day Care||59.3||68.4|
|Family Day Care||5.6||4.9|
|Outside School Hours Care||39.7||30.5|
995,350 families used approved care, up 5.0% from the March quarter 2022.
The number of families using Centre Based Day Care increased by 2.1% (13,930 families). The number of families using Outside School Hours Care increased by 15.4% (55,130 families).
New South Wales had the largest share of families using Centre Based Day Care, at 32.7% (222,500 families).
28,370 families accessed Additional Child Care Subsidy.
|State or territory||Percentage of families using Centre Based Day Care|
|New South Wales||32.7|
|Australian Capital Territory||2.1|
14,382 approved services operated during the quarter.
Centre Based Day Care services represented 62.5% of all services, with 8,983 services. Outside School Hours Care services represented 34.5% of all services, with 4,965 services.
Compared to the March quarter 2022:
- the number of Centre Based Day Care services increased by 2.4% (213 services)
- the number of Outside School Hours Care increased by 3.2% (154 services)
- the number of Family Day Care decreased by -4.1% (-17 services).
|Care type||Percentage of approved services|
|Centre Based Day Care||62.5|
|Family Day Care||2.8|
|Outside School Hours Care||34.5|
|In Home Care||0.2|
On average, children attended 26.7 hours of care per week, up 0.3% from the March quarter 2022.
Of Centre Based Day Care services:
- Northern Territory had the highest average weekly hours, at 38.2 hours
- Tasmania had the lowest average weekly hours, at 26.6 hours.
|State or territory||Average weekly hours|
|New South Wales||32.8|
|Australian Capital Territory||33.9|
The average hourly fee was $11.45, up 6.5% from the March quarter 2022.
Outside School Hours Care had the lowest average hourly fee at $8.30 per hour. Centre Based Day Care had the highest at $12.00 per hour.
|Care type||Average hourly fee|
|Centre Based Day Care||12|
|Family Day Care||11.85|
|Outside School Hours Care||8.3|
The hourly rate cap for children below school age at Centre Based Day Care services was $12.74. With the exception of the Australian Capital Territory ($13.40), all states and territories had average hourly fees below the hourly rate cap for Centre Based Day Care.
Nationally, 73.3% of Centre Based Day Care services had an average hourly fee under or at the hourly fee cap. This compares to 85.3% in Outside School Hours Care under a fee cap of $11.15, and 51.6% under a cap of $11.80 in Family Day Care.
Data on Centre Based Day Care hourly fees by Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3) shows that the regions with the highest hourly fees are typically located in parts of Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Canberra.
|State or territory||Average hourly fee|
|New South Wales||12.25|
|Australian Capital Territory||13.4|
The total estimated expenditure by the Australian Government was $2.69 billion. This includes Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy.
Additional Child Care Subsidy accounted for $137.2million of this.
The total estimated expenditure was up 18.6% from the March quarter 2022.
The majority of Child Care Subsidy went to families using Centre Based Day Care, at $2.26 billion or 84.1%.
9.7% went to families using Outside School Hours Care.
|Care type||Estimated Child Care Subsidy|
|Centre Based Day Care||84.1|
|Family Day Care||5.9|
|Outside School Hours Care||9.7|
|In Home Care||0.3|