Playgroups and Toy Libraries


A Shorten Labor Government will expand community-based playgroups and toy libraries with a $6.1 million grassroots program.

Playgroups and toy libraries help bolster social connections for both parents and children during their early years of development - that’s why Labor is investing to expand their reach.

Across Australia more than 250,000 children and families use 7,500 playgroups and 380 toy libraries, encouraging play-based learning and social development in babies and young children, and facilitating friendships and peer support for their parents and carers.


Labor’s $6.1 million investment in playgroups and toy libraries will provide grants to eligible groups with one off grants of:

  • $15,000 to establish new or expand existing Toy Libraries or Playgroups or undertake minor capital works. The grant will cover the costs involved in setting up or expanding, such as buying toys or refurbishing a space.
  • $5,000 for existing organisations to purchase new toys, books, paints, craft materials or other consumables.
  • $50,000 each to Playgroups Australia and Toy Libraries Australia as the peak bodies to support the expansion of toy libraries and playgroups, by developing resources, advice, information materials and provide insurance.

We will pay for it by making multinationals pay their fair share and closing tax loopholes used by the top end of town.