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Monday, 9 August 1999
Page: 7094


Senator Chris Evans asked the Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 17 June 1999:

(1) Can a breakdown be provided, by age of children currently enrolled in long day care.

(2) Can sub-totals be provided for each state and territory, and for and for community-based and private long day care.


Senator Newman (Family and Community Services; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

There are no data available for 1996 and 1998 as no Census of Child Care Services for private and community long day care centres was undertaken in those years. Data from the 1999 Census of Child Care Services will be available in early 2000.

Tables from the 1995 and 1997 Child Care Censuses are below.

1995 Private Long Day Care Services—Number of Children by State and Territory

Ages of Children

NSW

Vic

Qld

SA

WA

Tas

NT

ACT

Australia

< 1 yr

897

1204

1251

218

514

42

11

114

4250

1 yr

2960

3865

5229

875

1485

208

63

426

15111

2 yrs

8677

5771

11808

1194

2903

2299

167

559

31378

3 yrs

20286

6799

17102

1398

3420

340

152

650

50147

4 yrs

23033

5722

15096

875

2629

309

108

621

48393

5 yrs

5655

1941

6654

115

990

93

16

167

15631

6+ yrs

1740

1302

2864

205

785

39

17

80

7035

Total Children

63249

26606

60003

4881

12724

1330

535

2617

171945

Source: 1995 Census of Child Care Services. These figures differ from those previously published due to estimation for non-respondents.

1995 Community Long Day Care Services—Number of Children by State and Territory

Ages ofChildren

NSW

Vic

Qld

SA

WA

Tas

NT

ACT

Australia

< 1 yr

554

719

403

457

300

151

53

90

2727

1 yr

2527

2870

1391

1488

1227

530

213

251

10497

2 yrs

5416

4237

2229

2206

1797

884

324

306

17401

3 yrs

8148

5185

2997

2326

2055

1063

340

397

22512

4 yrs

8742

4390

2743

1720

1543

802

290

294

20522

5 yrs

1802

1186

1253

87

380

230

33

113

5085

6+ yrs

77

61

85

57

30

40

6

0

359

Total Children

27267

18649

11102

8342

7333

3700

1259

1451

79104

Source: 1995 Census of Child Care Services. These figures differ from those previously published due to estimation for non-respondents.

1997 Private Long Day Care Services—Number of Children by State and Territory

Ages of Children

NSW

Vic

Qld

SA

WA

Tas

NT

ACT

Australia

< 1 yr

1226

1701

1490

301

569

31

15

157

5489

1 yr

4685

5537

6722

1226

2171

177

109

476

21102

2 yrs

12193

8538

13330

1712

3702

421

186

622

40704

3 yrs

23179

9512

17854

1948

4161

484

238

662

58038

4 yrs

25740

8117

16542

1255

3217

328

151

601

55952

5 yrs

7456

3035

7589

157

1196

118

24

227

19801

6+ yrs *

2730

1729

4513

243

1351

163

11

78

10815

Total Children

77207

38168

68039

6841

16367

1721

733

2823

211900

* Includes a small number whose age was not specified.

Source: 1997 Census of Child Care Services. These figures have been weighted for non-respondents.

1997 Community Long Day Care Services—Number of Children by State and Territory

Ages of Children

NSW

Vic

Qld

SA

WA

Tas

NT

ACT

Australia

< 1 yr

663

748

530

350

291

138

39

131

2891

1 yr

3009

3139

1627

1559

1259

545

211

316

11665

2 yrs

6151

4619

2556

2166

1815

923

346

452

19028

3 yrs

8353

5253

3126

2351

1883

1021

396

472

22856

4 yrs

8713

4424

2712

1748

1280

822

233

411

20343

5 yrs

2236

1303

1216

146

276

225

44

82

5528

6+ yrs

96

124

107

74

36

24

24

7

492

Total Children

29221

19610

18875

8395

6839

3699

1293

1871

82802

Source: 1997 Census of Child Care Services. These figures have been weighted for non-respondents.