Childcare Market & Operators In Australia

  • Approximately 7,027 long day care centres (LDC) as at September 2016 in Australia1
  • Daily fees increased on an average of 5.9% p.a. for the period from the September 2015 quarter to the September 2016 quarter1
  • New educator ratios were implemented, to the majority, from 1st January 2016 under the National Quality Framework (NQF) – since commencement of the NQF, 73% of long day care services have achieved a quality rating2
  • Overall, centre profitability has increased on previous years as per data provided by FET tenants
    • For profit sector continues to grow market share
    • For the September 2016 quarter, 1.3m children attended approved child care, up 29.8% since the September quarter 20111
    • Australia’s largest operator, Goodstart Early Learning has a 9.3%3 market share followed by G8 Education Limited with a 6.8%4 market share

The Federal Governemnt’s Early Childhood and Child Care in Summary report is published quarterly and 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. The reports include data from the Child Care Management System (CCMS) and the MyChild website along with more comprehensive information relating to regional locations of care and key vacancy data. Please click here to access the quarterly report.

1 Department of Education and Training Administrative Data
2 NQF Snapshot Q2 2017, June 2017
3 Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority, National Register
4 G8 June 2017 half year report

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