The Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme can help offset the cost of implementing and operating an approved kindergarten program.
Eligible services are:
Apply for funding if you are a kindergarten service 822k and you:
Apply for funding if you are a long day care service and receive the Child Care Benefit on behalf of eligible families.
The funding you will receive as a long day care service or a kindergarten service through your central governing body is based on the four subsidies.
Eligible children are at least 4 years old by 30 June in the year they are enrolled in a kindergarten program.
Subsidy levels are indexed annually on 1 July in line with projections published each year in the mid-year Fiscal and Economic Statement.
This level of indexation is based on a composite of 75% of the forecast Wage Price Index and 25% of the forecast Consumer Price Index.
Standard per Child Subsidy
The subsidy for kindergarten providers not eligible to receive the Australian Government Child Care Benefit payment on behalf of eligible families is $2514.00 per child per annum.
The subsidy for kindergarten providers eligible to receive Australian Government CCB payments on behalf of eligible families is $1482.00 per child per annum.
Remote ARIA Subsidy
This is a per child loading of 50% of the standard subsidy rate for services in remote and very remote locations as determined by the Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) developed by the Australian Government's Department of Health and Aged Care (DHAC)*.
This subsidy provides additional support for services to attract and retain qualified teachers.
Low Socio-Economic Subsidy
For kindergarten services, this is a per child loading of 45% ($1131.30) of the standard subsidy rate for services operating in locations within the bottom 20% of Statistical Local Areas (SLA) as identified using the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA)** (SEIFA 1 and 2 areas) and a per child loading of 30% ($754.20) of the standard subsidy rate for services operating in locations within the next bottom 20% of SLAs as identified using the SEIFA (SEIFA 3 and 4 areas).
For long day care services this is a per child loading of 25% ($370.50) of the standard subsidy rate for services operating in locations within the bottom 20% of SLAs as identified using the SEIFA (SEIFA 1 and 2 areas).
This subsidy is to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for parents.
Health Care Card Subsidy
Services no matter where they are located can claim the Health Care Card subsidy if a family, including foster carers, or a kindy-aged child presents their current Health Care Card or Australian Government Pension Concession card with automatic Health Care Card entitlements or formal communication such as a letter from the relevant agency stating the intent to issue a Health Care Card. The Health Care Card should be presented and a copy kept by the service.
The Health Care Card subsidy is worth up to $2781.00*** per child per year to families accessing a kindergarten service.
The subsidy is worth up to $1116.00*** per child per year for families accessing a kindergarten program at a long day care service.
The subsidy is provided directly to services to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for eligible parents.
Please note: Families with multiple births of three or more kindy-aged children are also eligible for the same reduced kindy costs as Health Care Card holders. Proof of date of birth for these children is required to access the subsidy ***.
* For more information on the ARIA measure, visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics or the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre websites.
Note: ARIA 1 - Major Cities of Australia, ARIA 2 - Inner Regional Australia, ARIA 3 - Outer Regional Australia, ARIA 4 - Remote Australia, ARIA 5 - Very Remote Australia
** For more information on the SEIFA visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.
*/**Services eligible for this funding support were initially identified by the Office of Economic and Statistical Research (OESR) using the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) and Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) data from 2006 ABS data. Service funding has been updated to reflect 2011 ABS census data.
*** The Health Care Card subsidy amount is adjusted to take account of the Low Socio-Economic subsidy entitlement at each service - see examples.
The Kindergarten Funding Calculator is currently disabled due to updates to the Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) codes to reflect the 2011 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) census data.
The department will contact affected services directly. If you have any concerns contact your central governing body (CGB) or call the Kindy Hotline on 1800 4 KINDY (1800 454 639).
When operational, the Kindergarten Funding Calculator can generate an estimate of the funding you may receive under the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme.
To determine if your service is eligible for a remote or low socio-economic subsidy, the calculator takes into account the ARIA and SEIFA codes of each kindergarten program provider.
This page was last reviewed on 21 Nov 2013