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2021 Weekly Sector Indicators

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2021 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 26SEP21)

Fewer fluctuations in childcare sector trends recorded in Australia this week.  

The childcare sector indicator shows no significant changes in Australia’s average daily rate (ADR) this week. ADR stands at an average increase of 2.3% across the country, as QLD remained at $95. The largest ADR increase is in the Rest of Australia (SA, WA, ACT, NT, TAS)  of 13.7%, which is now at $91.9 from last week’s $80.83. 

Similarly, the childcare occupancy across Australia saw a small decrease of 1.3%, from last week’s 60.33% to 59.5% this week. The Rest of Australia recorded the biggest drop of 9%. 

The government’s average childcare subsidy for this week largely increased in Victoria, but decreased in the Rest of Australia. 

The gap fee waiver saw a rise in QLD with 17%. But with NSW and Rest of Australia recording a downward trend, the total fee in the whole of Australia dropped by 4.2%. 

2021 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 12SEP21)

Fewer fluctuations in childcare trends reported this week, occupancy at 69%. 

Data for the early learning and care sector in Australia shows negligible changes in occupancy for most services across the country. Overall, occupancy remained at 69%, with the most significant drop seen in the Rest of Australia (SA, WA, ACT, NT, TAS) of 7%, week-on-week (WoW). Queensland, which is not in lockdown currently, recorded the highest occupancy at 76% and Victoria the lowest at 62%. 

Similarly, childcare fees remained consistent on average, with small decreases in NSW and QLD, which saw Average Daily Rates (ADR) drop to $89 and $79 respectively. The average fee was the same across Australia as last week at $87. 

The government provided a rebate of 26% on average, with an overall downward trend seen across all states. 

The percentage of services waiving gap fees dropped significantly for Queensland, and halved for the Rest of Australia, where the actual number of services recorded initially was also quite insignificant.  

2021 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 05SEP21)

Childcare fee rises 28% week-on-week, while occupancy remains unchanged. 

Trends in sector data reveal a unanimous rise in Average Daily Rates (ADR) across Australia, with the largest spike of 55% week-on-week (WoW) seen in Queensland. The average fee recorded last week was  $70, which saw it rise to $87. 

Occupancy for all of Australia remained roughly the same as last week at 69%, after a fall of 12% in the previous week. A small drop of 2% was seen in Queensland as occupancy dropped to 74% in the week ending 5th September 2021.

The Childcare Subsidy (CCS) Rate remained fairly constant throughout the country, with an average of a 27% rebate provided by the government to cover the cost of childcare. 

An average of 0.4% services are waiving gap fees for families whose children are not attending care, the same as the previous week’s trend. 

2021 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 29AUG21)

Childcare occupancy at 68% during COVID-19 restrictions 

Data for key sector indicators reveals an overall fall in occupancy and average daily rates for early learning centres across Australia. 

Occupancy for all types of services was down 12% (from 77% to 68%) in the week ending August 29th, while the Average Daily Rate (ADR) was recorded at $70. The largest drop was seen in Victoria, where occupancy fell by 18% following strict COVID-19 restrictions and the Delta outbreak, to record the lowest occupancy of 61%. Services in Queensland recorded the highest occupancy at 76%, a drop of only 3% from the previous week. ADR was highest in NSW, at $85. 

After an announcement from the Federal government about waiving gap fees for families whose children were not attending care due to restrictions, 0.3% of services were seen as doing so. 

Gap fee – Calculated as the difference between the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) paid to a service by the government and the remaining fee payable by families. 
Services waiving gap fee – Calculated as the percentage of services which waived the gap fee for families out of total services. Note: If the number of payments for the current week for that service is below 70% of the average number (i.e. if they used to process 100 payments and now process 70 or less), then we count this centre as waving the gap fee.
Childcare subsidy rate – Hourly rate for childcare services paid by the government as a subsidy to help cover the cost of childcare.  
Occupancy rate – Calculated as the percentage of licensed capacity (or places) booked for children at any given time. 
Average daily rate – Average daily fee charged by early learning centres for a full day of care. 
*The Rest of Australia refers to South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory.
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