On 2 April 2020, the Australian Government announced the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package that gives families much-needed fee relief while supporting services to keep their doors open and employees in their jobs.
What do you need to know?
From 6 April to 28 June 2020, you won’t need to pay fees when you access child care. This will ensure care remains available to you if you need it. We are prioritising care for essential workers, vulnerable and disadvantaged children and previously enrolled children.
For this period, the Government will provide direct funding to services so we can remain open. Because of this, Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy won’t be paid during this time. If you’ve recently submitted a claim for Additional Child Care Subsidy (Temporary Financial Hardship), and you are eligible, it will only be paid until 5 April 2020.
What do you need to do?
If your enrolment is still current, there’s nothing you need to do. Please keep attending as you need.
If you’ve stopped your child’s enrolment, you should contact us. Any families who are re-enrolling will need to confirm their new enrolment with Services Australia in their Centrelink online account through myGov.
Although you won’t be getting Child Care Subsidy, you should make sure you stay eligible for Child Care Subsidy. This includes:
- continuing to care for your child at least 14% of the time
- meeting immunisation requirements
- telling Services Australia if you have a change in your circumstances.
On 29 June 2020, your Child Care Subsidy will start again as long as you stay eligible. There’s nothing you’ll need to do to start it again.
You should continue to update your family income estimate with Services Australia as necessary, especially if you get Family Tax Benefit. You can do that online in your Centrelink online account through myGov.
Where can you find more information?
To find out more, visit servicesaustralia.gov.au.