April 21st, 2021

Thrive by Five 2021-22 Pre-Budget Submission.




  • Childcare
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Job Services and Programs
  • Primary and Secondary Schools
  • National Child Protection Policy
  • Labour Market Policy
  • Productivity
  • Women’s Policy

This budget submission proposes that:

  1. Early childhood learning becomes a National Cabinet priority. The Commonwealth Government leads States and territories in developing a shared vision and implementing an initial 3-year plan towards creating a world leading early childhood learning system by 2030
  2. The Commonwealth Government take steps towards a revitalised early childhood learning system in Australia, by
  • Enhancing Preschool:
    • 3-Year-Old Preschool: Make high-quality 3-year-old Preschool accessible in all Australian states.
    • 4-Year-Old Preschool: The Commonwealth Government enter into a 5 Year National Agreement with State and Territories; with a set percentage of funding being incentive-based for measurable improvements in service quality; attendance for vulnerable and disadvantaged children; with a focus on regional and remote areas.
  • Affordability and Workforce Productivity:
    Improve childcare access and affordability to improve workforce participation  and ensure Australia fully recovers from the COVID-19 crisis (see specific recommendations page 9).
  • Early Childhood Workforce:
    Make a significant financial commitment to the soon to be released National Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce Strategy, with the Commonwealth Government matching new State and Territory contributions for the Strategy.

Read the full pre-budget submission here.