4240.0 - Preschool Education, Australia, 2018 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/02/2019   
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Preschool Education, Australia, 2018 (cat. no. 4240.0) will be released in the following two stages:

  • Four summary tables plus one appendix table, with brief Key Findings and Explanatory Notes – released on 13 February 2019
  • Thirty-two tables, with expanded Key Findings and Explanatory Notes appendices including jurisdictional Data Quality Statements – scheduled for release mid-March 2019.


This publication contains statistics on children enrolled in and attending a preschool program across Australia in 2018. The statistics were compiled from the 2018 National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection. The National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection is in part conducted to support performance based reporting for the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education - 2018 & 2019.


This publication draws on information provided by the Australian Government, state and territory governments, and the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. Their continued cooperation enables the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to publish a wide range of education statistics. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act, 1905.


Statistics on episodes of workers are not included in this publication due to incomplete coverage.


When interpreting the statistics in this release, it is important to take into account factors that may affect their reliability. The 2018 data is the first collection that contains data from the Australian Government’s Child Care Subsidy System. The statistics may not be fully comparable with previous collection cycles or other data sources due to differences in coverage and methodologies. For more information, please see the Explanatory Notes (particularly the jurisdictional Data Quality Statements) and the National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 4240.0.55.001).


Hours and fees data have been rounded prior to being assigned to distinct ranges. Statistics in this publication have been perturbed or suppressed where necessary to protect confidentiality.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or the Information Consultancy link on the ABS website.