Child care providers
The Early Childhood and Child Care in Summary report presents information on the numbers of children and families using approved child care, the costs of care and the numbers and types of child care services in Australia.
No Jab, No Pay starts from 1 January 2016
The Child Care Subsidy builds on the Productivity Commission’s recommendations and will make the system simpler, more affordable, more flexible and more accessible for families.
As part of the Jobs for Families Child Care Package announced in the 2016-17 Federal Budget, the Australian Government has invested $1 billion (over 4 years from 2016-17) to establish a Child Care Safety Net.
The Child Care Payments Compliance Program is focused on protecting the integrity of payments made by the Australian Government to support families accessing quality care and promote compliant behaviour with the Family Assistance Law by approved child care services. This is achieved through three main elements of prevention including education, detection and deterrence.
The Government is committed to ensuring that Australia's child care and early learning system is flexible, sustainable and fair, providing quality early learning for children and meeting the needs of Australia's working parents and employers.
Under the Better Child Care and Early Learning framework, the Australian Government made a commitment to reinstate the funding for the National Occasional Care (NOC) programme (formerly known as the Neighbourhood Model Occasional Child Care programme).
The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that families are able to access affordable and flexible child care. One of the Government's first priorities was to task the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into future options for child care and early childhood learning, with a focus on developing a system that supports modern families' working circumstances and children's learning and development needs.
The Child Care Management System is a national online computer system. All approved child care services are required by family assistance law to operate under the system.
The Inclusion and Professional Support Program concluded on 30 June 2016.Information relating to the closure of IPSP and transition to the Inclusion Support Programme is available on the IPSP Transition page.
Child care service providers may get financial help from the Australian Government through the Child Care Services Support Programme.
Families can use the MyChild website to get information about child care, early learning and other issues that affect children.
The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care (NQF) ensures children receive a high standard of education and care.
The Budget Based Funded (BBF) Program provides a contribution to the operational costs of approximately 300 child care and early learning and school aged care services in a limited number of approved locations. These services are predominantly located in regional, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities where the market would otherwise fail to deliver services to meet the needs of children and their families. Many are the sole providers of child care in their communities.
Child care service providers and other organisations can get information and support from the Australian Government to help them to deliver high quality child care services. This includes information on how to become a child care service provider, how to operate a child care service and how to improve services for children and their families.
The Early Childhood Workforce Initiatives include a range of programs and incentives to support, train and retain an experienced and qualified child care and early learning workforce.