Child care and early learning

If you’re relocating with a young family and require child care we suggest you look into what type of child care you’re seeking and the costs associated. Childcare options can range from community childcare centres to in-home care, which vary greatly in cost.

Choosing child care

Child care can be a difficult decision for parents to make and due to high demand, childcare waiting lists are common. We suggest you investigate child care well in advance of relocating to Deakin.


The Australian Government MyChild website has search options on varying types of child care. It also has advice on how to find and contact childcare providers throughout Australia.

Did you know Australia provides eligible parents with a childcare benefit or childcare rebate? This may not apply to certain visa types, and we advise you contact the MyChild website to assess your eligibility.

Visit the MyChild website

Child care on campus

Deakin has independently run childcare centres at Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and Warrnambool Campus.

Find out more about our childcare centres

Typical childcare costs in Victoria are:

Childcare type
Centre-based child care
Family day care
Au pairs (living in your home)

*all costs are approximate.

Typical price range 
A$90 to A$135 dollars per day*
A$7 to A$12 per hour*
A$25 to A$35 per hour*
A$210 to A$260 per week*

Find out more about childcare costs in Victoria