Long Day Care Professional Development Programme

On 10 December 2013, the Australian Government announced that it intended to redirect unallocated funding from the Early Years Quality Fund to a new professional development programme. The Long Day Care Professional Development Programme (LDCPDP) is the single biggest investment ever in professional development for child care and early learning educators in long day care services.

The LDCPDP assists services to meet their specific professional development needs in order to support the National Quality Framework (NQF), adhere to the National Quality Standard and deliver the Early Years Learning Framework or other approved learning framework. Services are able to use the funding to meet their training and skills development needs and have the flexibility to do so in-line with the circumstances of their service.

The sector's response to the Programme has been very strong, with applications from over 5000 eligible services.

More Information

Applications for the Long Day Care Professional Development Programme closed in 2014.

The Funding Guidelines and supporting material have been designed to answer any questions you may have in regard to the LDCPDP, including how the funding can be used.

The Funding Agreement is a formal contract between the successful applicant and the Commonwealth and sets out the terms and conditions of the grant funding and obligations of both parties under the LDCPDP.

More information about the Long Day Care Professional Development Programme is available below:

Changes of Service Ownership

As the LDCPDP ceases on 30 June 2017, the department will no longer transfer LDCPDP funding agreements from the selling operator to the new operator after 31 March 2017. Where a service has been sold prior to this date, either the outgoing owner or the incoming owner must apply for the change of ownership prior to this date in order for the department to action it.

Existing funding recipients are reminded that section 7 of the Funding Agreement prevents any assignment of rights or attempt novation action with any other party without the department’s prior written permission.

Long Day Care Professional Development Programme Final Report

As the Long Day Care Professional Development Programme (LDCPDP) approaches the end of the activity period on 30 June 2017 the final reports are becoming due. The Final reports are not a Progress Report 3.

It is particularly important for funding recipients that have spent all of their LDCPDP funds to be aware that final reports are due within three months of the funding being spent. So, if your organization has exhausted all of the funds and you haven’t lodged the final report you should ensure you do so soon.

For funding recipients that do not spend all of their LDCPDP funding the Final Report and Financial Report are to be submitted by 30 September 2017.

The final reports need to cover the total period of your service funding - the date the funding agreement was executed up to 30 June 2017 (eg: 24/09/2014 to 30/06/2017)

When reporting your financial information please ensure to use GST Exclusive figures only.

Please note that the correct CCB Approval ID is required to complete the reports. If funding recipients have any doubts as to their CCB Approval ID, please contact the LDCPDP Hotline on 1800 020 212 or ldcpdp@education.gov.au to confirm their Child Care Benefit ID before progressing to complete and submit their Final Report.

The reports are divided into two phases:

  1. details of the professional development activities that assisted your educators; and
  2. the financial statement/acquittal.

Once the reports have been reviewed, the Department will provide written notification of acceptance of the reports.

The Final Report Online Survey is now available.

Final Report Online Survey

The Final Report will also include financial information that will be used by the department to pre-populate the Financial Report that will be returned to the funding recipients for review, certifying and signing. When reporting your financial information please ensure to use GST Exclusive figures only.

Services who have received over $250,000 or have been deemed as having a ‘High Risk’ of not complying with the program guidelines will be required to complete an audited detailed statement of income and expenditure in respect of the funding received and details of how it was expended in accordance with the funding agreement. The department will notify these services separately.

If required, the department may request additional documentation such as invoices/receipts to ensure that the funding has been expended appropriately.

How to use LDCPDP Funding

During the contract period, the Department will use this site to provide a range of resources and useful links to assist services in choosing how to spend their LDCPDP funding. Please see below for more information:

Fact Sheets

Useful links

  • The Professional Support Coordinators Alliance have designed a Tool to assist services to develop a Professional Learning Plan that will meet the needs of their service now and into the future. The Tool builds upon the work and knowledge a service has already undertaken through the Quality Improvement Plan and other key pieces of work a service has achieved such as Service Support Plans and strategic plans - Self-Assessment Tool
  • The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) publishes information about certain regulatory decisions to inform students, industry and government about the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The register publishes information about certain regulatory decisions it makes, in order to:
    • assist students and potential students to make informed decisions about choosing a provider, and
    • provide industry, government and the public with accurate information on ASQA's regulatory activity.
  • Training.gov.au  is the National Register on VET in Australia. Training.gov.au is the authoritative source of:
    1. Nationally Recognised Training which consists of:
      • Training Packages
      • Qualifications
      • Units of competency
      • Accredited courses
      • Skill sets
    2. Registered Training Organisations who have the approved scope to deliver Nationally Recognised Training, as required by national and jurisdictional legislation within Australia.

Further Assistance

The Department is also available to answer any questions in relation to the programme. To access this support, applicants should contact the Department by email at ldcpdp@education.gov.au.

Alternatively, organisations can contact the hotline on 1800 020 212 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.