Childcare and Early Childhood Learning

Public inquiry

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a public inquiry into future options for childcare and early childhood learning, with a focus on developing a system that supports workforce participation and addresses children's learning and development needs.

The Commission has been asked to specifically report and make recommendations on:

  • the contribution of childcare to workforce participation and child development
  • current and future need for childcare in Australia, particularly given changes in work patterns, early learning needs, childcare affordability and government assistance
  • the capacity of the childcare system to ensure a satisfactory transition to schools, in particular for vulnerable or at risk children
  • alternative models of care, including those overseas, which could be considered for trial in Australia
  • options - within existing funding parameters - for improving the accessibility, flexibility and affordability of childcare for families with diverse circumstances
  • the impacts of regulatory changes, including the implementation of the National Quality Framework, on the childcare sector over the past decade.

Due date for submissions

Submissions for this inquiry have now closed. With the exception of those who have made prior arrangements for an extension, any submissions received after 5 September may still be included on the inquiry website but may not be able to be taken into consideration in the preparation of the inquiry final report.


Tracey Horsfall (Administrative matters)
Ph: 02 6240 3261

Rosalyn Bell (Other matters)
Ph: 02 6240 3308


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