Release type: Media Release


Supporting our remote child care workforce


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

The Morrison Government is making it easier for families in remote Australia to use In Home Care (IHC) educators.

Our Government is providing IHC educators an additional two years to earn their qualification.

The change recognises the challenges faced by IHC educators working in remote Australia and will help ensure educators are available to support remote families unable to access mainstream child care.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Government was supporting remote families and ensuring the child care sector had a highly-skilled workforce.

"Accessing early childhood educators in a home environment gives families a flexible option to balance their work and parenting responsibilities," Mr Tehan said.

"It is crucial that qualified educators are available to provide care and early learning opportunities to remote Australian families."

The Government has extended the deadline for IHC educators to earn their qualification to December 2021.

To meet the transitional requirements, IHC educators must:

  • access the expertise of an educator with at least a Certificate III in early childhood education and care, for at least 20 per cent of time care is provided, or
  • have been continuously employed at an early education and care service in a remote or very remote area for at least 15 years.

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