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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).

The evaluation has been commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training to report on the outcomes and impacts of the Package for families, services and providers. The evaluation will draw on a range of information collected and analysed over the next three years. This will include information collected from surveys with parents, services (Directors or Managers) and interviews with providers and other key stakeholders. It will also involve analyses of administrative data.

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).

If you would like to find out more about the evaluation, please add your email to our contact list, and we will periodically send an update on evaluation activities.

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]

Data collection

The evaluation includes a series of case studies to better understand how the Child Care Package is experienced by childcare services and communities. Interviewers from the research team are currently undertaking field work for one of these case studies. This field work involves interviews with local stakeholders; child care service directors, administrators and educators; families who use child care; and families who do not use child care.

Via an online survey, we also asked selected parents and carers about their experiences transitioning to the new child care subsidy, and about what had changed since their transition.

Through a round of interviews with stakeholders in the child care sector, which is currently underway, we will obtain insights into the early impacts of the Child Care Package for services and families, as well as the experiences of providers, services and families of the package.

Child Care Package Evaluation Framework

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is leading an evaluation of the new child care package that is being implemented from 2 July 2018. The evaluation has been commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training to better understand the impacts of the reforms on services and families, and to monitor their progress as the reforms are being implemented.

The following document, Child Care Package: Evaluation Framework, outlines the key objectives against which the Package is to be evaluated.

This June 2018 version of the Evaluation Framework updates the version published in May 2018. This updated version includes information about additional evaluation work for the In Home Care Program and the Inclusion Support Program.

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

Survey of early learning and care services

A sample of service managers and directors from across Australia were invited to contribute to the Survey of Early Learning and Care Services in May and June 2018. The survey asked about the experiences of staff and families at their service, and about preparation for and expectations of the Package prior to implementation. This survey is now closed. Thanks to all who responded to the survey. 

Survey of parents and carers

The Child Care Package Family Survey was conducted in November 2018, and is now closed. This online survey asked selected parents and carers about their transition to the new child care subsidy, and about whether their child care use and cost has changed since July 2018. The five randomly selected recipients of gift vouchers were notified; we thank all families who participated.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through our project email address aifs-childcare-eval@aifs.gov.au



December 2017 – December 2020

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