Date posted: 6/04/2020

Temporary childcare relief for Australian families

Australian families with children in childcare will be given fee relief under a A$1.6 billion package that aims to keep centres open.

In brief

  • The Government will pay 50% of the sector’s fee revenue
  • Early childhood centres must remain open
  • Parents will pay no fees

The Australian Government announced a temporary relief package of A$1.6 billion on 2 April 2020 to support families and the early childhood education and care sector. 

The package, which complements the JobKeeper payment under the Federal Governments’ stage 3 stimulus package, will mean:

  • The Government will pay 50% of the sector’s fee revenue (up to an hourly rate cap based on a time before parents started withdrawing their children in large numbers). This will be predicated on the services remaining open and that would be no charges for care.
  • Funding will be applied from 6 April 2020 and the system will be reviewed after one month and an extension will be considered after three months.

Families that have terminated enrolments since 17 February 2020 are encouraged to get back in contact with their centre and restart arrangements. 

Restarting an enrolment will not require the child to be sent to that centre but will hold a place for when the child is ready to return. No gap fee will be required. 

Early childhood education and care relief package

Release type:Joint Media Release l Date: 2 April 2020

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