Strategy and evaluation

The Australian Government conducts strategic planning, inquiries and evaluations to ensure early childhood policies continue to meet the needs of children and families.

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National vision for early childhood education and care

National Cabinet has asked federal, state and territory education and early years ministers to develop a national long-term vision for early childhood education and care. The vision will support parents’ workforce participation and children’s education and development outcomes.

Find out more about the national vision

Early Years Strategy

The Australian Government is developing an Early Years Strategy to shape its vision for the future of Australia’s children and their families.

The Early Years Strategy will create a whole-of-government approach to the early years. It will set out the Australian Government’s vision for the future of our children and their families.

Find out more about the Early Years Strategy

ACCC child care price inquiry

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published its final report from its early childhood education and care price inquiry.

Find out more about the ACCC price inquiry

Productivity Commission inquiry

The Australian Government has tasked the Productivity Commission with undertaking an inquiry into Australia’s early childhood education and care system.

The findings of the ACCC price inquiry will feed into this inquiry.

Find out more about the Productivity Commission inquiry

Inclusion Support Program review

The department has commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to review the Inclusion Support Program (ISP). The review will examine access to, affordability of, and quality of ISP services, and consider future program arrangements.

Find out more about the Inclusion Support Program review

In Home Care review

The department has commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers to review the In Home Care (IHC) program. The review will examine access to, affordability of, and quality of IHC services, and consider future program arrangements.

Find out more about the In Home Care review

Community Child Care Fund restricted grant review

The department has commissioned Deloitte to review the Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) restricted grant. Deloitte will work in partnership with SNAICC and Murawin.

The review will examine how the grant is:

  • improving early childhood development outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged children
  • increasing workforce participation of vulnerable and disadvantaged families.

Find out more about the CCCF restricted grant review

Earlier inquiries

Child Care Package evaluation

Between 2017 and 2021, the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) evaluated the Child Care Package.

AIFS collected and analysed a range of information to examine how the package has impacted providers, services and families.

The Early Monitoring Report and Child Care Package Evaluation Final Report are available on the AIFS website.

Read the Australian Government's 2022 response to the evaluation

Preschool review

The Nous Group independently reviewed the Universal Access National Partnership (UANP) for the Australian and state and territory governments.

The findings showed an increase in community awareness of the importance of children taking part in a quality preschool program in the year before school.

Read the UANP Review report

Learn more about preschool

Child Care Package audit

In 2019, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) undertook an audit of the Child Care Package. The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of the design and governance of the package.

Read the report on the ANAO website

Jobs for Families Child Care Package legislation

In 2015 and 2016, the Australian Government responded to two Senate Committee inquiries into the new legislation for the Jobs for Families Child Care Package:

Read the Australian Government Response to the Senate Committee Inquiry Report 2015

Read the Australian Government Response to the Senate Committee Inquiry Report 2016

Productivity Commission inquiry

In 2014, the Productivity Commission looked into future options for child care and early childhood learning.

The Productivity Commission report was released in 2015.

The Jobs for Families Child Care Package was released in response to the report as part of the 2015–16 Budget.