How much does kindy cost?

What does kindy cost? Kindy fees vary depending on the service; contact your local kindy for details on their fees.

Low cost or free kindy ($0) is provided to eligible families who:

  • are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (or have a child who is)
  • hold a current Australian Government Health Care Card (HCC) (or have a child who does)
  • hold a current Australian Government Pensioner Concession Card (automatic HCC entitlements)
  • hold a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card or White Card
  • have formal communication, such as a letter, from the relevant agency stating the intent to issue a HCC
  • have three or more children, of the same age, enrolled in the same year
  • are a foster family with a current Australian Government Health Care Card.

The subsidy for low or no cost kindergarten is provided directly to your service provider. It may reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. It can only be claimed once, even if you meet multiple criteria.

Families of children participating in a kindergarten program in a long day care setting may also be eligible for the Commonwealth Government Child Care Subsidy.

Information about eligibility for these Commonwealth Government subsidies is available from Centrelink.

Children in foster or kinship care may also access additional subsidies. Contact your kindy and then the Child Safety Service Centre for more information.

What will my child need at kindy?

At kindy, your child may need:

  • fresh food in a lunchbox
  • drink bottle
  • spare clothes
  • broad brimmed hat and shoes
  • sleep sheet and pillow.

Contact your preferred kindy to find out what they offer and what your child will need to bring with them.


Published — 23 August 2019 Last updated — 20 September 2019

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