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Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme

The Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS) can help offset the cost of implementing and operating an approved kindergarten program.

Eligible services are:

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Apply for funding if you are a long day care service and receive the Child Care Benefit on behalf of eligible families.

Subsidies

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 $2,596.00 per child per annum.

The subsidy for kindergarten providers eligible to receive Australian Government CCB payments on behalf of eligible families is $1,531.00 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% ($1,168.20) 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% ($778.80) 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% ($382.75) 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.

QKFS Plus Kindy Support

All services, no matter where they are located, can claim QKFS Plus Kindy Support where a family meets one of the criteria below:

  • Health Care Card holders
    Families, including foster carers, of a kindy-aged child present their current Health Care Card, Veterans Affairs 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 service should take a copy of the card and keep the copy as a record; OR
  • Identifies as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
    A family identifies as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or has a child who does, and this is recorded on their enrolment form, which must be signed and kept by the service as a record; OR
  • Multiple births
    Available to families with multiple births of 3 or more kindy-aged children. Proof of date of birth for these children is required. Services should keep a copy as a record.

    QKFS Plus Kindy Support is worth up to $2,872.00*** per child per year to families accessing a kindergarten service or up to $1,153.00*** per child per year for families accessing a kindergarten program at a long day care service.

    Subsidies are provided directly to services to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for eligible families.

* For more information on the ARIA measure, visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics External Link or the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre External Link 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 External Link 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 QKFS Plus Kindy Support amount is adjusted to take account of the Low Socio-Economic subsidy entitlement at each service - see examples.

Kindergarten Funding Calculator

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.

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