Helping you find government information and services

Child care

Find government information about child care options, services and financial assistance. Also see early childhood education.

mychild.gov.au

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Find information on different types of child care and how to get assistance with the cost of child care. Also find links to other useful websites about children's health and wellbeing, parenting and family support services.

Department of Social Services

Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority

Provides national leadership in promoting quality and continuous improvement in early childhood education and care and school age care in Australia. Guides the implementation of the National Quality Framework and ensures consistency in delivery.

Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority

Child Care Access Hotline

The hotline on 1800 670 305 provides information about the types of child care available and vacancies. It operates 8am to 6pm nationally Monday to Friday, and is a free call unless calling from a mobile.

Department of Social Services

Child care benefit

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Helps with the costs for approved and registered care such as long, family and occasional day care, outside school hours care, vacation care, pre-school and kindergarten.

Department of Human Services

Child care fact sheets

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A comprehensive set of fact sheets on a range of government services and programmes available to families using child care. Helps families to access the information required to make important, and sometimes complex, child care decisions.

Department of Social Services

Child Care Rebate

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Covers 50% of out of pocket child care expenses for approved child care, up to a maximum amount per child per year, in addition to any other child care assistance.

Department of Human Services

Child care – find a child care service

Search by type of care (long, occasional, after school etc), location (town, postcode etc) or name of centre to find approved child care services in your area.

Department of Education and Training

Early childhood and child care policy and programmes

Information on the governments policies and programmes relating to child care and early childhood development, including assistance to families with their child care costs. 

Department of Social Services

JET Child Care Fee Assistance

Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance helps with the cost of approved child care for eligible parents undertaking an approved activity, such as job-search, training or rehabilitation to re-enter the workforce.

Department of Human Services

My time, our place: framework for school-age care in Australia

Supports the ongoing development of children in school age care services. It ensures that they have opportunities to participate in leisure and play-based activities that are responsive to their needs, interests, and choices.

Department of Education and Training