Average child care fees for parents have remained unchanged for six months.
The latest data released today shows average hourly child care fees were $9.55 for the March 2019 quarter – unchanged from the previous quarter.
The families of nearly 570,000 children using Centre Based Day Care paid less than $5 an hour per child. Around 200,000 families pay just $2 per hour per child.
The Morrison Government provided more than $1.8 billion in Child Care Subsidies to help families with the cost of child care in the March quarter, an increase of 13.4 per cent on the same time last year.
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said 1.36 million children were engaged in early education and care.
"Our Government’s Child Care Subsidy is making up to 100 hours of subsidised care per fortnight available to help families balance their work and other commitments with caring for their children," Mr Tehan said.
"Child care is now more affordable for low and middle income earners. The latest CPI figures show average affordability has improved 7.9 per cent across the country. The new system places a cap on the subsidy the Government will pay per hour to help put downward pressure on fees. The latest data shows that 87.9 per cent of Centre Based Day Care services had an average hourly charge that is at or lower than the Government’s hourly rate cap.
"The number of children attending Family Day Care was down by 23.9 per cent largely because of our Government’s crackdown on compliance and rorting that has seen 277 services shut down or sanctioned since January 2018."
The number of children and families receiving support through the Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) grew by 9.5 per cent from the December quarter to almost 30,000. The ACCS provides assistance to more families in need, including children at risk of abuse and neglect, grandparent carers, families experiencing temporary financial hardship and families transitioning to work from income support.