Families in some of Adelaide’s most expensive suburbs are paying as much as $2,000 more for childcare each year.

Those in the Prospect-Walkerville area are paying on average of $14,721 for childcare each, that’s around $1,600 more than the state average.

The trend of higher childcare costs continues throughout Adelaide’s inner-city and high-income suburbs.

Families in Unley pay $14,581 on average each year, while those in the inner-eastern Norwood, Payneham & St Peters suburbs are forking out $14,108 per annum.

Meanwhile, families in Onkaparinga, Salisbury and Playford council areas are paying the smallest childcare costs each year.

On average, South Australians are paying $10.20 per hour for childcare, compared to a national average of $10.40.

Childcare continues to be the focus of a national debate, after Labor promised to deliver cheaper childcare if it were to win government.


Under the opposition’s plan, families earning up to $530,000 a year would be set to save between $600 and $2,900 a year in childcare costs.