For families

Emergency and natural disaster assistance is available for affected families and providers.


Check the novel coronavirus page for the latest education and training sector factsheets from the Department of Health.

New Child Care Package (commenced 2 July 2018)

Australia has a new child care package with a new Child Care Subsidy replacing the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. The Child Care Subsidy is paid directly to providers.

There are also changes to the annual cap which makes child care more affordable for most families.

The Additional Child Care Subsidy is included in the Child Care Safety Net and replaced a number of previous payments including the Special Child Care Benefit and the Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFA).

Previous child care system (prior to 2 July 2018)

The child care system that operated prior to 2 July 2018 had a number of payments including the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.

Assistance in finding suitable child care

The Child Care Finder is a simple way for families to find a service that suits their needs. Families can find services, their vacancies, fees, opening hours and ratings.