Child Care Services in Australia - Market Research Report

Child Care Services industry trends (2014-2019)

poll Average industry growth 2014–2019: 7.1%

Approximately 1.3 million children aged 12 and under are expected to attend some form of government-approved or government-funded child care service in 2019-20. Federal Government assistance has increased for parents who want to put their children in formal care arrangements as they return to the workforce, which has aided the industry over the past five years. The rising maternal workforce participation rate has further supported the demand for child care services over the period. Furthermore, the government has relaxed regulations to allow child care centres to register as kindergarten providers. This regulatory change has given long day care centres the ability to compete directly with the Preschool Education industry. This change has also led ind...
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Child Care Services industry outlook (2019-2024)

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The Child Care Services industry is anticipated to continue changing over the next five years as new government funding measures and current surplus capacity conditions alter the industry's operating environment. Industry revenue is forecast to grow at an annualised X.X% over the five years through XXX-XX, to $XX.X billion. Increasing government assistance, rising maternal workforce participation rates, ongoing demand for formal child care arrangements, and higher fees are projected to drive the industry's expansion over the next five years. However, ongoing challenges for industry participants are anticipated to limit the industry's growth over the period and will likely lead to further changes to the industry's operating environment. Industry chal...
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Child Care Services industry statistics

  • attach_money Market Size: $14bn
  • business Number of Businesses: 18,854
  • poll Average Industry Profit Margin: x.x%
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  • supervisor_account Industry Employment: 155,520

Biggest companies in the Child Care Services industry

The companies holding the largest market share in the Child Care Services in Australia industry include Goodstart Early Learning Ltd and G8 Education Limited.

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What is Child Care Services industry?

Industry Definition

Industry organisations provide child care services, mostly to children under 12 years of age. These services include long day care, family day care, occasional care, outside school hours care and vacation care. Long day care centres that provide early childhood education services as part of the Federal Government’s preschool program are included in the industry, but separate preschools are excluded.

Industry Products and Services

  • Long day care
  • Family day care
  • Outside school hours care
  • Occasional care
  • All Others

Industry Activities

  • Child care service provision
  • Childminding centre operation (except home or school)
  • Children's nursery operation (except preschool)
  • Early learning centre operation

Market research report - table of contents

Industry Definition

Industry organisations provide child care services, mostly to children under 12 years of age. These services include long day care, family day care, occasional care, outside school hours care and vacation care. Long day care centres that provide early childhood education services as part of the Federal Government’s preschool program are included in the industry, but separate preschools are excluded.

Main Activities

  • Child care service provision
  • Childminding centre operation (except home or school)
  • Children's nursery operation (except preschool)
  • Early learning centre operation

Similar Industries

Additional Resources

Industry Statistics Snapshot

Industry Structure

Executive Summary

Key External Drivers

The Federal Government provides social assistance payments to help families with the cost of raising children. Prior to 2 July 2018, the government provid...
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Level of social assistance
Females in the labour force
Population aged 14 and younger
Labour force participation rate

Current Performance

National Quality Framework
Profitability constraints
 Chart: Revenue Growth

Industry Outlook

Demand drivers
Sustainable child care
 Table: Child Care Services in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Revenue Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Life Cycle Reasons
 Chart: Benchmarking - Child Care Services in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

Supply Chain

Key Buying Industries

Consumers in Australia






Key Selling Industries

Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
Toy and Game Retailing in Australia
Newsagents and Book Retailers in Australia
Preschool Education in Australia
Catering Services in Australia


Products & Services

Operators in the Child Care Services industry mainly provide formal child care services for children under the age of 12. These services include long day ...
Children aged three to four
Children aged zero to two
Children aged five



Demand Determinants

Government policies subsidising child care costs for parents significantly influence demand for child care services. The Federal Government is expected to...
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Major Markets

Children aged three to four
Children aged zero to two
Children aged five




 Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Child Care Services in Australia - Market Research Report Industry

International Trade

Business Locations

Chart: Business Locations by State Chart: Business Locations by State

Market Share Concentration

The Child Care Services industry is fragmented and consists of many small-scale players. The industry's largest four players are expected to account for l...
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Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Profit, Purchases, Wages, Other Costs
 Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Child Care Services in Australia - Market Research Report

Basis of Competition

Internal competition
External competition

Barriers to Entry

 Table: Barriers to Entry Checklist for the Child Care Services in Australia - Market Research Report Industry

Industry Globalization

Established in 2009, Goodstart Early Learning Ltd runs child care centres in all Australian states and territories on a non-profit basis, and invests its ...
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Goodstart Early Learning

 Table: Goodstart Early Learning - financial performance

G8 Education

 Table: G8 Education - financial performance

Capital Intensity

As a service industry, the Child Care Services industry exhibits low capital intensity. Child care involves a high degree of personal care and interaction...
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 Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Child Care Services in Australia - Market Research Report Industry
 Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

Technology & Systems

Revenue Volatility

Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

Regulation & Policy

Industry Assistance

Table: Industry data Table: Industry Data for the Child Care Services in Australia Industry

Industry Revenue (2007-2026)
Industry Gross Product (2007-2026)
Establishments (2007-2026)
Businesses (2007-2026)
Employment (2007-2026)
Exports (2007-2026)
Imports (2007-2026)
Wages (2007-2026)
Domestic Demand (2007-2026)

Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data

Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Dat Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data

Table: Industry Financial Ratios Table: Industry Financial Ratios

Liquidity Ratios
Coverage Ratios
Leverage Ratios
Operating Ratios
Cash Flow & Debt Service Ratios (% of Sales)
Assets, %
Liabilities, %

CHILD CARE BENEFIT (CCB)

CHILD CARE REBATE (CCR)

CHILD CARE SUBSIDY (CCS)

COMMUNITY-BASED CENTRE

LONG DAY CARE CENTRE

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  • Profitability Analysis
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  • SWOT Analysis
    SWOT Analysis
  • Industry Trends
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    Industry Operating Conditions
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    Porter's 5 Forces Analysis

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