The Child Care Safety Net is being progressively rolled out from July 2016 and aims to give the most vulnerable children a strong start, while supporting parents into work.
Child care workers
The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) was announced as part of the new child care package, which is designed to make the child care system more affordable, more accessible, more flexible and targeted to those who need it most.
As part of the Jobs for Families Child Care Package announced in the 2016-17 Federal Budget, the Australian Government has established a Child Care Safety Net.
Australia’s national training system supports over three million students annually to gain the skills to secure and maintain rewarding and sustainable employment. This includes new job starters, those re-entering the workforce, retraining for a new job or upgrading their skills for an existing job.
Find out about the courses and assistance available to help you undertake skills training through the links below.
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 Inclusion and Professional Support Program concluded on 30 June 2016. Information relating to the closure of IPSP and transition to the Inclusion Support Programme (ISP) is available on the IPSP Transition page.
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 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.
Thirty eight Early Learning and Care Centres are being established including six new Autism specific centres in areas where existing child care services cannot meet the demand for child care.