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Early Childhood Initiatives

Government Programmes, Services and Initiatives

Governments across Australia support a range of early childhood and child care programmes, services and initiatives.

Australian Government Programmes, Services and Initiatives

The new child care package from 2 July 2018

You may find it useful to understand the changes that are taking place in the child care system in Australia.

Australia will have a New Child Care Package from 2 July 2018 when the Child Care Subsidy replaces the Child Care Rebate and Child Care Benefit.

Families who intend to use child care from 2 July 2018 will need to complete a Child Care Subsidy assessment online through their myGov account.

In April Centrelink wrote to all families currently receiving Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate with instructions on completing their online assessment.

The new Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to child care providers. There will be more support for more families under the new arrangements, with most lower and middle-income families eligible to receive a higher subsidy than they do now.

More information on transitioning to the new Child Care Subsidy is available at www.education.gov.au/ChildCarePackage.

The new child care package fact sheets and resources:

Operational information for approved child care services

Existing Programmes, Services and Initiatives

Links to information about Australian Government Programmes, Services and Initiatives

  • Budget Based Funded Programme – 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 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.
  • Child Care Payments Compliance Programme – encourages, enforces and strengthens compliance in the child care sector to ensure public funds are spent properly and accountably.
  • Community Support Programme - assists child care providers to establish or maintain viable services in parts of the country where they might not otherwise be viable or able to meet the unique requirements of the community, such as in disadvantaged or regional and remote areas.
  • Early Childhood Workforce Initiatives – aim to support, train and retain an experienced and qualified child care and early learning workforce.
  • Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program – a child-centred programme to support the delivery of early language learning in preschool services, as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to reviving language study in Australia.
  • Inclusion Support Program – aims to promote and maintain high quality, inclusive education and care, for all children, including those with ongoing high support needs, in eligible child care and early learning settings. This is achieved by increasing the knowledge and skills of educators, and the capacity of services, through providing professional development, advice and access to additional resources and inclusion support.
  • MyChild – Australia's online child care portal for families. It provides information on different types of child care and how to get assistance with the cost of child care. Families can also search a database to find local child care centres.

Useful links to state and territory government information for educators

Information about the National Quality Framework is made available on the websites of ACECQA and the Regulatory Authority for each state and territory.

In addition to this, you will find useful links to state and territory government webpages relevant to educators below.

New South Wales

The Early childhood education & care page on the Department of Education and Communities website provides a range of information for education and care services and educators including:

Victoria

South Australia

Western Australia

Tasmania

Australian Capital Territory

Northern Territory

Supported by the Australian Government.
© 2016 Commonwealth of Australia, unless otherwise indicated
Supported by the Australian Government.
© 2016 Commonwealth of Australia,unless otherwise indicated