The Government will provide additional funding to enhance services provided through the Child Care Support Program. The funding will target two areas:
- establishment of child care services in high need rural, regional and Indigenous communities, and
- inclusion of children with additional needs into quality child care.
The Child Care Support Program (previously known as the Child Care Support Broadband) includes a number of different grants and subsidies paid to approved and contracted child care services to support access, affordability and quality in child care.
During 2003, a consultation and review process was undertaken as part of the redevelopment of the Child Care Support Program. The review found that families living in rural and remote areas needed improved inclusion arrangements and improved access to child care which caters specifically for children with disabilities or other ongoing high support needs. It also found that there is a need to address inconsistencies, gaps and a lack of services experienced by some communities, particularly in rural and remote Australia.
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs is expected to announce the outcomes of the redevelopment process by the end of June 2004. This additional funding will form part of the redeveloped program to be announced by the Minister.
1 July 2004 – Support for rural, regional and Indigenous communities.
1 July 2004 – Improved access to child care for children with ongoing high support needs.
Total Government Funding
$16.3 million over four years.