Kindergarten funding rates 2022

Victorian government funded kindergarten providers can find which funding rates are applicable to their services in the table below.

The same rates apply to funded three-year-old and four-year-old enrolments in programs of 15 hours per week. For services delivering a funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program less than 15 hours, child level funding will be provided on a prorated basis.

Table 1 – 2022 provisional kindergarten funding rates

Per capita – Services not operating under the Early Childhood Enterprise Agreements (EA)
Standard per capita – non-EA services$3,831
Rural per capita – non-EA services$4,737
Independent schools Standard$3,831
Independent schools Type 1$624
Independent schools Type 2$2,025
Per capita – Services operating under the Early Childhood Enterprise Agreements (EA) (or approved equivalent agreement)*
Standard per capita – EA services$4,029
Rural per capita – EA services$4,982
Kindergarten Fee Subsidy
Kindergarten Fee Subsidy$1,698
Early Start Kindergarten (ESK) and Access to Early Learning
ESK Standard$5,761
ESK Rural$6,723
ESK Extension$1,698
Ratio Supplement**
Ratio supplement – Standard$530
Ratio supplement – Kindergarten Fee Subsidy$285
Ratio supplement – Early Start Kindergarten$815
Early Childhood Teacher Supplement
Standard rate – Level 2.4$171
Standard rate – Level 2.5$261
Standard rate – Level 3.1$373
Standard rate – Level 3.2 to 3.6$655
Rural rate – Level 2.4$212
Rural rate – Level 2.5$324
Rural rate – Level 3.1$462
Rural rate – Levels 3.2 to 3.6$812
Pre-Purchased Places
Pre-Purchased Places$5,727

*Services that are signatories to the Early Childhood Enterprise Agreements are services that operate under the new Victorian Early Childhood Teachers' and Educators' Agreement (VECTEA) or the Early Education Employees' Agreement (EEEA) or an approved equivalent agreement.

**Ratio supplement funding is paid per child to any service eligible for standard or rural per capita funding offering sessional programs with groups of 23 or more at the required teacher child ratio of 1:11 that do not attract Commonwealth Child Care Subsidy.  Long day care services and services managed by non-government schools are not eligible for the ratio supplement.

For the purpose of kindergarten funding, a group is defined as children attending a kindergarten session at the same time in a room with a qualified early childhood teacher. The number of children in each group should not exceed 33 children at any one time. In the case of rotational programs, a number of smaller subgroups may be brought together to create a larger group as defined above.

Table 2 – Travel allowance

Travel allowance$0.76


Table 3 – Early Years Management

  January-December 2022
Annual grant: sessional kindergarten services$15,400
Annual grant: long day care services$10,965
Additional support loading (for sessional services in rural and/or disadvantaged services)$3,600
Start-up grant (100% of annual grant depending on service type)$15,400 / $10,965
Transition grant (100% of annual grant, depending on service type)$15,400 / $10,965
New provider grant (for newly established and approved Early Years Management organisations)Up to $75,000

From 1 January 2022 Early Years Management funding will move from a financial year to calendar year payment cycle.