The Minister for Customer Service has asked IPART to assess affordability, accessibility and consumer choice in the NSW early childhood education and care sector.
In June 2022, the NSW Government announced the Early Years Commitment, a $15.9 billion investment over 10 years in the NSW early childhood education and care sector. To ensure reforms and investment result in improved outcomes for children and families, we have been asked to review the market for early childhood education and care in NSW, fees and costs and recommend ways to improve affordability, accessibility and consumer choice.
The Minister has provided IPART a draft Terms of Reference setting out the scope for our review. We recently sought feedback via submissions and our Have Your Say survey on the Terms of Reference to ensure our review has an appropriate scope. Submissions and the survey closed on Tuesday, 10 January 2023.
We may recommend the Minister make changes to the Terms of Reference as a result of feedback we received.
There will be other opportunities to participate in the review this year, through submissions, public hearings and other means.