The Federal Government has put up $100 million for regional and remote child care. 

Around 40 child care services in regional, remote and disadvantaged communities are able to access the $100 million fund to help improve access to care and increase workforce participation.

The Community Child Care Fund gives approved services funding to keep them operating and increase the number of children they can care for.

“In some remote areas, there may only be one or two child care services operating and it is critical we keep these open so families can access the care they need,” Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said.

“Likewise, if we can help improve or expand facilities so more families in a remote or disadvantaged area can access care if they choose, then we won’t hesitate to do that.

“The funding also helps services to run initiatives that reduce barriers which may otherwise prevent local kids from accessing care.

“This program is good for families, good for communities and benefits local economies by allowing more parents to get back into work or to take on additional hours if they choose.

“It will also help achieve our Closing the Gap targets by increasing participation of Indigenous children in early childhood education and care.”

More information on the funding is accessible here.