Occasional care funding

​Funding is available for service providers to increase access to flexible and seasonal child care, particularly for families in rural and regional areas.

Funding available

In 2018 the funding rates are $2.65 per child per hour.

Funding is provided on the basis of each effective full-time (EFT) place.

More than one child can occupy one funded EFT place and it is expected that several children will occupy one place in any given week.


For more information about the program and funding, see:

About occasional care

The national program aims to increase access to flexible, seasonal and sessional child care, particularly for families in rural, regional and remote areas.

The program helps parents to participate in a range of day to day activities (for example casual or seasonal work, recreational classes, respite or medical appointments) while their children socialise and interact with other children in an early childhood education and care setting.