FDCA’s releases Pre-Budget Submission for 2024-2025

On 25 January 2024, FDCA submitted our Pre-Budget considerations for 2024-2025 to the Australian Government. The submission recommends four key investment measures to support the continued viability of a sector that is highly valued for its flexible, responsive and affordable ECEC:

  • Raise the hourly CCS cap rate for family day care to be on par with that of the centre-based care sector;
  • Apply an additional loading of 20% to the recalculated CCS fee cap for non-standard hours care;
  • Initiate a direct funding support program (an “Approved Service Engagement Payment”) for family day care approved services to assist in the recruitment, induction and training of new family day care educators; and
  • Initiate a direct funding support program (an “Educator Start-up Grant”) for new family day care educators to assist in overcoming some of the financial barriers to entry into the sector in establishing their micro-business.

You can find FDCA’s pre-budget submission for 2024-25 as well as other submissions we have made on our website here.