National Workforce Census

The National Workforce Census helps us develop and measure policies and programs for the early childhood sector. The 2021 census collection period has ended. The 2021 census report is now available.  

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What is the National Workforce Census?

The Early Childhood Education and Care National Workforce Census is held for:

  • all child care providers approved under Family Assistance Law, and
  • dedicated preschools in all states and territories.

We collect information on:

  •  service usage
  •  children with additional needs
  •  access to preschool programs, and
  •  staff details, including staff demographics, types of work, qualifications, experience, and current study.

This information is used to provide a national overview of the early childhood education and care workforce. It informs policy, like the new National Children’s Education and Care Workforce Strategy, so that providers can continue to provide quality care while supporting parents to participate in the workforce.

2021 National Workforce Census

The 2021 National Workforce Census report is now available. 

Thank you to all the services that participated in the 2021 census collection. 

If you have questions about the National Workforce Census, please contact the National Workforce Census Project Team at

Read the 2021 census report

Data tables

In addition to the report, the 2021 Census provides data tables presented in a spreadsheet. These present data by state and territory as well as remoteness categories.