Subsidies available under the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme
Services eligible for the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS) qualify for a standard subsidy. Additional subsidies may be available under this scheme, depending on your circumstances.
Your eligibility for the remote area and low socio-economic subsidies will be automatically assessed when you apply for the QKFS - no further application is necessary.
Subsidies under the QKFS Plus Kindy Support scheme are not automatically assessed.
Subsidy rates are effective from the start of semester 2, 2021 for sessional kindergarten services and the start of quarter 3, 2021 for long day care services.
Services that meet the eligibility criteria will receive a standard subsidy for every eligible child enrolled. Eligible children must be at least 4 by 30 June in the year they are enrolled (use the Kindy calculator to find out when your child can start kindy or school).
Kindergarten services will receive up to $3,086 per eligible child per year.
Long day care services will receive up to $1,822 per eligible child per year.
Remote area subsidy
This subsidy provides additional support for services in remote and very remote areas to attract and retain qualified early childhood teachers.
You can receive a loading of 50% of the standard subsidy rate per eligible child.
Low socio-economic subsidy
This subsidy reduces expenses for parents.
For kindergarten services there is a loading per eligible child of:
- 45% of the standard subsidy rate ($1,388.70) if you operate within the bottom 20% of areas identified by the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) (SEIFA 1 and 2 areas)
- 30% of the standard subsidy rate ($925.80) if you operate within the next bottom 20% of areas identified by SEIFA (SEIFA 3 and 4 areas).
For long day care services there is a loading per eligible child of 25% ($455.50) of the standard subsidy rate if you operate within the bottom 20% of areas identified by SEIFA (SEIFA 1 and 2 areas).
QKFS Plus Kindy Support
All services, no matter where they are located, can claim QKFS Plus Kindy Support where a family meets certain criteria. Subsidies are provided directly to services to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for eligible families.
Subsidies up to $3,414* per child per year for families attending kindergarten services or up to $1,370* per child per year for families attending long day care services) are provided directly to services to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for eligible families.
Services eligible to receive Australian Government Child Care Subsidy on behalf of families should conform with the Australian Government Department of Education's guidelines for applying fee subsidies.
*adjusted to take into account each service's Low Socio-Economic subsidy entitlement.
Read more about QKFS Plus Kindy Support.
Health Care Card holders
You can claim QKFS Plus Kindy Support if a family, including a foster carer, of a kindy-aged child presents one of the following:
- a current Australian Government Health Care Card
- a Department of Veterans Affairs' Gold Card or White Card
- a current Australian Government Pension Concession Card with automatic Health Care Card entitlements
- formal communication, such as a letter, from the relevant agency stating the intent to issue a Health Care Card.
You need to keep a copy of the card as a record.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
You can also claim QKFS Plus Kindy Support if a family identifies as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, or has a child who does, and this is recorded on their enrolment form.
The enrolment form must be signed and you have to keep it as a record.
Families with multiple births
QKFS Plus Kindy Support is also available to families with multiple births of 3 or more kindy-aged children. They need to provide proof of date of birth for the children and you should keep a copy as a record.
- Learn more by reading the QKFS resources, including frequently asked questions and fact sheets.
- Find contact details that can help you access information about child care in Queensland, including helpful websites, email addresses and hotlines.
- Learn more about approved kindergarten programs in Queensland.
- Read about the legal requirements for child care providers.
- Find out more about scholarships and grants for the child care and education industry.