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2022 Weekly Sector Indicators

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2022 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 07MAY22) 

This week, the childcare subsidy rates dipped across the states of New South Wales and Victoria, while the Rest of Australia’s rates trended in the opposite direction. 

This week’s data show that New South Wales had an 11.76% decline in services waiving the gap fee, with Victoria following a similar trend as its numbers fell by 11.11%. Queensland was the outlier, showing an increase of 4.35%. Overall, Australia saw a 5% net rise in gap fees being waived.  
This week, the occupancy rates in the states of South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory had the most noticeable change with an 8.09% increase, followed by New South Wales with a 4.10% rise.  
The childcare subsidy rates in the major states of New South Wales and Victoria all decreased, with New South Wales experiencing the biggest slide of all the states at 5.60%. There was no change in Queensland, but the Rest of Australia’s subsidy rate rose by 7.62% 
The data for the average daily rate for this week reflects a downward trend, with New South Wales down 2.74% and Queensland’s numbers dropping by 0.18% from last week. The rest of Australia appears more optimistic as it saw a rise of 4.07% for the ADR this week.  

2022 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 22APR22) 

Australia sees an increase in childcare subsidies across the country, with the exception of Queensland 

For this week, services waiving gap fees decreased by 20% across the entire country. Services in Victoria experienced the most significant decrease, 40%, followed by Queensland, which fell by 25.81%. 

Childcare subsidy rates rose across most of the country, but Queensland saw a 2.30% drop. Australia and the rest of the other states saw increases across the board, with New South Wales seeing the most significant increase at 6.98%, followed by Victoria at 4.73% 

Services this week saw varying occupancy rates. While Queensland’s occupancy rate increased by 27.09%, Victoria’s decreased by 5.08%. Australia saw a 9.78% increase, but the rest of Australia decreased by 19.62%.  

The average daily rate saw a slight drop from $90.18 to $89.86 for Australia. New South Wales and the rest of Australia declined by 6.52% and 7.24%, respectively. Only the states of Victoria (1.81%) and Queensland (3.57%) saw a positive change last week.  

2022 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 08APR22) 

Occupancy rates fluctuated this week, with the Rest of Australia seeing a 17.94% increase  

Services waiving gap fees remained at less than 1%, with Victoria showing a decrease of 57.89% this week. Despite this large jump, services waiving gap fees still sat below the 1% mark.  

The childcare subsidy rate across Australia dipped this past week as the country saw a decrease of 6.05%, while the Rest of Australia had its biggest slide at 7.25%. New South Wales followed with a 2.01% decrease, while Queensland was the most unaffected, with just a 0.15% change last week.  

Occupancy rates fluctuated last week as the Rest of Australia increased its occupancy by 17.94%, while Queensland’s occupancy slid by 20.63% from the past week. The Rest of Australia saw a 17.94% growth, while Australia as a whole increased occupancy levels by 8.93%.  

The average daily rate (ADR) in Australia, the Rest of Australia and New South Wales had the most significant rise in ADR, increasing by 7.75%. The ADR for the states of Victoria and Queensland both decreased. New South Wales continues to lead all states, with its ADR sitting at $96.88.  

2022 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 01APR22)

Occupancy rate sitting at 61.50% across Australia 

This week, services waiving gap fees increased across the board, with the Rest of Australia increasing by 26.90%. Although this week saw an overall increase of 8.70%, the total percentage of services waiving gap fees is still less than 1%. 
The average daily rate for Australia seems to be stable. Queensland and the Rest of Australia experienced a negative change of 1% and 0.50%, respectively, for the week, while Victoria did not see any changes in the ADR. New South Wales saw the ADR increase by 0.40%.

The childcare subsidy rate across the country generally increased, with Queensland seeing the most significant change at 6.50%. However, the Rest of Australia’s subsidy rate dropped by 4.30%.

The occupancy rate saw an almost uniform rise, with services in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland all seeing increases. Conversely, the occupancy rate in the Rest of Australia decreased by 1.40%.

2022 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 25MAR22) 

Services continue to waive their gap fees, with 15% more services waiving fees in Queensland

Occupancy rates in Australia saw very little change this week, with New South Wales (1.06%) and Queensland (1%) seeing slight increases. The rest of Australia showed an equally minuscule shift as it slid 0.76%, followed by Victoria, which dropped by 0.58%.

Most states saw decreases this week in the average daily rate for childcare, continuing the downward trend. Queensland was the only exception, although its ADR only increased by 0.01% last week. 

New South Wales experienced a significant drop in its childcare subsidy rate as it dipped by 7.62% from the previous week. In contrast, Victoria, Queensland and the Rest of Australia saw marginal gains this week. 

This week, services waiving gap fees followed the same trend as Australia and the rest of its states saw a considerable increase. The most significant rise was seen in Queensland, where the number of services waiving gap fees climbed by 15% this week.

2022 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 18MAR22) 

The average daily rate (ADR) for this week shows a uniform dip of less than 1% 

Waiving of gap fees across Australia saw a uniform dip, with Queensland showing the biggest decrease as it slid by 37.50% to sit at 0.20%. 

Childcare subsidy rates are divided across the country. Victoria and Queensland’s numbers went down while New South Wales and the Rest of Australia’s subsidy rates increased.

Occupancy rates, consequently, have increased for Queensland (1%), New South Wales (1.06%) and Australia as a whole (0.42%). The states where occupancy rates decreased include Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

The average daily rate for childcare in most states decreased by less than 1%, except for Queensland, which increased its ADR by 0.01% and now sits at $85.97. 

2022 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 11MAR22) 

Services waiving gap fees increased by 14.29% 

Currently, less than 1% of services in Australia are waiving gap fees. This week, apart from Victoria, services waiving gap fees increased throughout Australia. In Queensland, 39.13% more services waived gap fees compared to the previous data. 

Occupancy is now at 61.22% as rates increased across all states. New South Wales and Queensland have the highest occupancy rates at 65.94% and 65.32%, respectively. 

In terms of childcare subsidy, rates also climbed by 2.39%. The negative change of 2.74% in New South Wales makes it the only state with a childcare subsidy rate of less than 30%.

Finally, Victoria still holds the highest average daily rate ($95.65), while the Rest of Australia has the lowest average daily rate ($81.89). The average daily rate now sits at $89.58 across Australia, following a decrease of 0.43%. 

*Note: Previously, CCS rates were calculated based on all children enrolled, including children without bookings for the week. CCS rates are now calculated based only on children with bookings for the week.

2022 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 18FEB22)

Australia’s occupancy rate climbed again by 2.30 per cent

Gap fees continued to drop from last week, with Victoria sliding by 12%, followed by Queensland at 7.10%. Overall, the average drop in Australia was recorded at 4.50%, approximately the same rate as last week. 

The childcare subsidy rate for Victoria dropped by 3.50%. This was also the case for the Rest of Australia, which slid by 4% last week. The states of Queensland (26.07%) and New South Wales (23.29%) saw increases in their rates. 

The average daily rates for this week remained relatively unchanged, with rates seeing less than a 1% difference. New South Wales had a minimal increase of 0.10%, while the Rest of Australia saw a 0.70% rise. Queensland and Victoria did not record any changes. 

For occupancy rates, Australia saw increases across all states, though the changes were minimal. Queensland’s occupancy increased by 3%, followed by New South Wales at 2.10%. Australia saw an increase of 2.30%. 

2022 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 11FEB22)

Occupancy rates increased across Australia

Services waiving gap fees went back down by 4.30% this week. In Victoria, no change was seen, while Queensland and New South Wales recorded a 3.40% and 4.00% drop, respectively. The Rest of Australia also dropped by 11%.

The average daily rate also dropped and is now $89.48. Victoria still maintains the highest average daily rate, while the Rest of Australia is the lowest. Queensland’s ADR numbers slid down by 2.40%, currently sitting at $85.26.

The Childcare Subsidy rate increased in most states, with only New South Wales seeing a negative change of 2.90%.

On the other hand, the occupancy rate continued to rise across the country and is now at 57.25%. The highest occupancy is in New South Wales at 62.20%, followed by Queensland at 60.23%.

2022 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 04FEB22) 

The average daily rate decreased across Australia 

Occupancy rates picked up after last week’s drop and are now at 54.31% across Australia. The Rest of Australia trails behind with a minor percentage increase of 0.20%. 

A minimal change of 0.60% in childcare subsidies was observed in Australia. Most states saw increases, except for the Rest of Australia, which experienced a 7.10% decrease. 

Aside from Queensland, which experienced no change, the average daily rate decreased across Australia from $98.19 to $90.81. This is a 7.50% change from last week. 

Services waiving gap fees remain less than 1% across all states, with Queensland having the highest percentage increase at 0.29%. 

2022 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 28JAN22)

Victoria’s average daily rate (ADR) bounced back, recording a 247.50% increase last week 

The trend for gap fees being waived remains roughly the same as all states continue to stay below 1%, with the biggest increase happening in Queensland at 26.30%.

Data for this week took a slightly different turn as New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland all experienced a decrease in childcare subsidies. Only the rest of Australia experienced a 2.30% increase from the previous week.

Due to a wave of the Omicron variant, occupancy rates this week saw a significant decline as the average percentage dip was 47.90% for Australia as a whole. Victoria observed the biggest drop at 54.20%, followed by the rest of Australia with a 48.30% decrease.

As more centres open and operations return to normal from the holidays, the average daily rate for all states has bounced back from last week’s all-time low. Victoria observed the most significant spike at 247.50%, and the rest of Australia followed with a daily rate increase of 201.30%.

2022 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 21JAN22) 

Average daily rates for all centres hit an all-time low for all states, with Victoria recording the biggest slide at 70.90% 

The data for gap fees continue to hover at a negligible level, as all of Australia remains below 1%. Queensland showed a considerable increase, however, as it climbed by 90% for this week, followed by the Rest of Australia at 50%. 

Childcare subsidy rates across the country also saw marginal gains, with New South Wales increasing by 3.90% from last week. The childcare subsidy across the entire country sits just below the 25% mark. 

Centres across Australia have increased occupancy in all states, with Victoria leading with a 118.60% increase and the Rest of Australia following suit with a 95.20% increase. Overall, Australia is at 99.68% occupancy. 

The ADR for all states dipped by more than 60% as New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the Rest of Australia hit the 30-dollar mark. Victoria recorded the lowest ADR with $30.20, with the Rest of Australia following suit as its average daily rate drops to $30.52 this week. 

2022 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 14JAN22) 

Services saw a 30% increase of children in centres compared to last week’s occupancy numbers 

Gap fees across Australia saw a uniform rise, with New South Wales showing the biggest increase as it now sits at 0.20%.
Childcare subsidy rates in the country also increased as New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the Rest of Australia saw significant spikes, with Queensland having 68.80% more subsidies than last week. Australia, as a whole, experienced a 35.90% increase in subsidies.

Occupancy rates followed suit with an average 134% increase for all of Australia. The biggest increase also came from Queensland as its occupancy rate shot up by 178.50% from last week. Other states experienced comparable growth in occupancy rates, with New South Wales improving by 137.30%, followed by the Rest of Australia at 117.30%. 

The average daily rate of childcare in most states climbed by an average of 35.40%, with the state of Victoria logging the biggest increase in its ADR, sitting at $103.84. 

2022 Weekly Sector Indicators (w/e 07JAN22) 

Australia’s average daily rate sees a decline across all states 

For the week ending 07 January, data show negligible changes for services waiving the gap fee across all of Australia, with the rate remaining the same as last month at 0%.

Queensland experienced the most significant drop in childcare subsidy as it dipped by 39.74% for the week. The childcare subsidy rate across all states hovers below the 20% mark.

Occupancy rates also declined throughout Australia, with the most considerable decrease in Queensland at 71.26%. New South Wales, Victoria and the Rest of Australia followed suit.

As figures dip across the board, the average daily rate across the country continued to fall by an average of 17%, with Victoria recording the biggest decline as its ADR decreases by 21.93%. 

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 feeCalculated as the percentage of services that 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 rateHourly rate for childcare services paid by the government as a subsidy to help cover the cost of childcare. Only children with bookings for the week are included in calculations.
Occupancy rateCalculated as the percentage of licensed capacity (or places) booked for children at any given time. 
Average daily rateAverage 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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