Social Research Centre

National Workforce Census (NWC)

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Research Areas

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Workforce +

Project Status

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The NWC is an important data collection to provide a national overview of the early childhood education and care workforce in Australia.


Australian Government Department of Education.

Aims + Outcomes

The National Workforce Census is a critical element to help inform and develop government policies and programs, like the new National Children’s Education and Care Workforce Strategy, to ensure that high quality early childhood education and care services are provided to young children and their families.


The National Workforce Census involves three phases: register, prepare and complete.



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Have you been contacted to participate?

Who participates?

The NWC is a mandatory requirement for all approved child care providers under section 67FH of A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 (Family Assistance Administration Act) and is one of the conditions for continued provider approval under the family assistance law.

Dedicated preschools and kindergartens also play a significant role in children’s education, and their participation in the census is crucial to ensure accurate data is captured for the entire sector.

What are the benefits?

How does it work?

To view the video tutorial for how to register for the National Workforce Census:

To view the video tutorial for how to complete the National Workforce Census:



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Get in touch

Further information?
If you have any questions about the National Workforce Census and can’t find the answer through the resources above, please contact the National Workforce Census Helpline on 1800 800 996 (free call from 9:00am to 5:00pm AEST, Monday to Friday) or email