The average cost of child care rose by almost 10 per cent in one year in parts of central Victoria, federal government figures show.
Data from the Child Care in Australia report shows the average hourly fee for centre-based child care in Bendigo at December last year was $9.73, a 5.3 per cent increase on the previous year.
It was marginally cheaper for parents in the Castlemaine, Heathcote and Kyneton areas at $9.68, but this represented a 9.5 per cent jump on the cost in December 2017.
This was the third-largest increase in the state, behind Casey South and Baw Baw.
In the Macedon Ranges, child care costs rose by 7 per cent in a year to hit an average of $9.71 per hour last December.
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The Campaspe area had the cheapest child care costs in the region with parents paying $9.26 an hour, a 2.2 per cent increase.
The average annual inflation rate in Australia was 1.9 per cent.
Only three areas of the state - two in Melbourne and one in the Geelong region - saw decreases in average child care costs.
Parents in the Bayside area of Melbourne paid an average of $12.35 an hour for child care, the most expensive in the state.
The cheapest child care cost an average of $8.20 an hour, in Gippsland.
Nationwide, the most expensive child care was in Mosman in Sydney, where it cost $14.26 an hour, while child care costs in Far North Queensland were $5.04 an hour.