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2021 Weekly Sector Indicators

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2021 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 05DEC21) 

Childcare subsidies in New South Wales decreased by 27.12% last week 

The gap fees for the week ending 05 December remained roughly the same at zero per cent, with the exception of Victoria at 0.08%.  

Childcare subsidies continue to drop as the trend sees an average of 24% for CCS in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the Rest of Australia. The largest drop was seen in New South Wales, which saw a 27.12% decrease from the previous week.  

The occupancy rates dropped across Australia this week with Queensland having the biggest decrease at 4.30%. New South Wales, however, had the highest occupancy rate last week, sitting at 69.80% for the week. 

The average daily rate shows negligible change across Australia with Victoria having the highest ADR at $95.75 despite its 0.36% drop from the previous week. 

A chart showing weekly sector indicators on gap fees, childcare subsidy rates, occupancy rates and the average daily rate for New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the Rest of Australia for the week ending  5 December.

2021 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 14NOV21) 

New South Wales sees a 35.3% increase in childcare subsidies, outperforming the rest of Australia  

Centres observe a continued trend of the gap fees not being waived for Australia. This week’s data show that none of the centres in Queensland or the rest of Australia are waiving gap fees.   

Childcare subsidy rates across Australia increased for the week ending 14 November. The biggest growth was in New South Wales as it increased its childcare subsidies to 31.8%. The same trend was shared by all the other states, each having an increase in childcare subsidies from last week. 

The occupancy rate across Australia is now averaging 66.2%, which is minimally lower than the previous week. The change is affected by the occupancy rate decrease in Queensland and New South Wales.  

The average daily rate is still $87.10. No change overall due to all states experiencing less than 1% change. Victoria continues to hold the highest average daily rate among the states as its ADR sits just above $96. 

A table showing services waiving gap fees, the childcare subsidy rate, occupancy rate and the average daily rate in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the Rest of Australia.

2021 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 07NOV21) 

Childcare centres trending towards no waiving of childcare gap fees 

Data shows that waived gap fees continue to remain at less than 1% in Australia. This is also the third week wherein Queensland and the Rest of Australia did not waive any gap fees. 

The trend in childcare subsidies continues with less than a quarter of Australia receiving subsidies. Queensland received 3.1% more subsidies this week than the previous week, while the Rest of Australia’s numbers decreased by 7.2% from the week prior. 

Victoria had the largest increase in occupancy as it saw a 1% improvement this week. Most of Australia’s occupancy rates continue to have the same numbers as they did the week before. 

The average daily rate across Australia did not see any change whatsoever during the past week except for a slight 0.1% dip in New South Wales. 

A table showing statistics on gap fee waivers, childcare subsidy rate, occupancy rate and average daily rate across Australia.

2021 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 31OCT21)  

Average daily rate remains the same throughout childcare centres in Australia 

Less than 1% of childcare service providers across Australia waived gap fees, with Queensland and the Rest of Australia having no gap fees waived for the second week running.  

On average, less than a quarter of all childcare centres in Australia received childcare subsidies. This is down 4% from the previous week. Queensland was the only state to have an increase in its CCS rate.  

In New South Wales and Queensland, the occupancy rates rose minimally. In contrast, occupancy rates in Victoria and the rest of Australia slid by 2% and 0.2%, respectively. Overall, it remains at 66% across Australia. 

No changes in the average daily rate were seen in most of Australia, except for Victoria, which went down to $96 from $97 the previous week. 

2021 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 24OCT21) 

Gap fees no longer being waived by most childcare services 

The most notable change this week is the drop in service waiving fees by childcare centres. All centres across all states have stopped waiving the gap fee. This week, only 0.10% of centres across Australia waived gap fees. 

Along with the drop in services waiving the gap fee, the childcare subsidy from the government also decreased throughout Australia. Only 25% of childcare centres were given subsidies this week.  

The average daily rate increased in Victoria, made no change in the Rest of Australia, and decreased by 0.10% in both New South Wales and Queensland. Overall, there is a positive increase, and the country’s average rate this week is $87 per day. 

Lastly, although occupancy rates increased in New South Wales, they dipped slightly in other states this week. The dip could have been a result of centres no longer waiving gap fees. The occupancy rates for New South Wales and Queensland were 70% and 71%, respectively. 

2021 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 17OCT21) 

Occupancy rates increase across Australia 

Occupancy rates increased across Australia this week, with the Rest of Australia (NT, WA, SA, TAS, ACT) having the highest increase at 11%. In total, Australia saw a rise of 3% in its childcare centre occupancy rate, bringing it to 66%. 

Services waiving gap fees in Queensland and the Rest of Australia dropped significantly, with only Victoria having an incremental positive change. Less than 1% of centres nationwide waived gap fees this week. 

Childcare subsidies in New South Wales slightly decreased by 1%, while Victoria increased by 9%. The total childcare subsidy is currently at 26%, a little higher than last week. 

Finally, the average daily rate is still dropping throughout the country. On average, centres charged $87 per day, with the Rest of Australia setting the lowest average at $81. 

Please note: No Weekly Sector Indicators report is available for the time period: October 04th to October 10th.

2021 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 03OCT21) 

Occupancy rates improving in Queensland 

This week, the average occupancy rate across the country is 69% which is a significant increase from last week’s 59.5%. It is only in Queensland that the occupancy has reached more than 75% with the rest of the states’ occupancy ranging between 62% to 72%. 

In terms of average daily rate (ADR), it fell once again from $100.20 to $87. Despite the overall drop, Victoria remains the state holding the highest ADR.  

Apart from a 7% increase in New South Wales, the average childcare subsidy from the government decreased by 2% overall.  

From a previous rise of 17% to a decline of 35%, Queensland is the most affected by the change in gap fee waiver. This is followed by the Rest of Australia with a 51% decline. 

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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