Child Care Package Evaluation

Current project

This project is evaluating the Australian Government's new child care package.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is leading a consortium of researchers to evaluate the Australian Government’s new Child Care Package (the Package). AIFS’ partners are:

  • the Centre for Social Research and Methods (CSRM) at the Australian National University (ANU)
  • the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales
  • the Social Research Centre (SRC).

2020 Child Care Evaluation update

AIFS was contracted by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the Department) to lead the evaluation of the Child Care Package. This evaluation was due to run through to 2021, with a number of data collections planned for 2020, following those conducted in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 data collections not yet concluded were suspended in March 2020, following restrictions related to COVID-19.

In May 2020 we were asked by the Department to draw the evaluation to a close without completing the data collections planned for 2020. We expect to conclude reporting on the evaluation by March 2021.

Some data collection for the evaluation of the Inclusion Support Program has continued, including a survey of ECEC services current underway.

Thanks to all of you who have worked with us through the evaluation, in planning for and/or contributing to data collections. We are currently working with the Department to finalise plans for reporting on the evaluation. If you would like to be informed about any publication of evaluation findings, please sign up to our email alert service.

The evaluation was commissioned to report on the outcomes and impacts of the Package for families, services and providers. It was expected that the evaluation would draw on a range of information collected and analysed over three years starting in 2018. This included information collected from surveys with parents, services (Directors or Managers) and interviews with providers and other key stakeholders. It also involved analyses of administrative data.

Access more information online about the Early childhood and child care package.

You can also read about the project in our brochure: 

Download the Child Care Package Evaluation brochure [PDF 852 KB]

Child Care Package Evaluation Framework

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is leading an evaluation of the Child Care Package that was implemented on 2 July 2018. The evaluation has been commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment to better understand the effects of the reforms on services and families, and to monitor the progress of the reforms as they are implemented.

The Child Care Package: Evaluation Framework outlines the key objectives against which the Package is being evaluated.

Download the Child Care Package: Evaluation Framework [PDF 0.7MB].




December 2017 – December 2021

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