Current emergencies

This page outlines specific support measures available to the early childhood sector during confirmed local emergencies.

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New South Wales and Queensland floods

We’ve declared Local Area Emergencies (LAE) for flood-affected regions of New South Wales and Queensland. Support is available to services during an LAE.

See our table of emergency declarations for key dates and regions eligible for support.

Support payments

The Australian Government is providing $10,000 ECEC Flood Support Payments for services in flood-affected regions that close for 8 days or more.

We are contacting affected services about the payments.

See our frequently asked questions for more information about the support payments.

Absences

Children who live, or attend a service, in an LAE-declared region will get extra allowable absences for the duration of the LAE. They will be automatically applied in the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) System shortly.

This means families won’t have to use any of their 52 allowable absences during the LAE.

Gap fees

Services in an LAE-declared region can waive the gap fee if a child does not attend, or the service is closed.

Services outside an LAE-declared region can waive the gap fee if a child that lives within an LAE-declared region does not attend care.

Temporary financial hardship

Families may get extra help with child care fees if they are experiencing temporary financial hardship due to the flood emergency.

Families can apply for Additional Child Care Subsidy (temporary financial hardship) through Services Australia online or call 180 22 66.

Community Child Care Fund Special Circumstances grant

The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) Special Circumstances grant helps services stay open when something unexpected happens, such as a local emergency.

Affected services can apply on our website.

Applicants should request funding after an event has occurred and they have accessed other disaster support.

New South Wales

Families can call 1800 619 113, email ececd@det.nsw.edu.au or visit Find ECEC providers to be connected with alternative child care options if their regular service is unavailable.

Check if you’re eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government.

Check if you’re eligible for financial assistance from the New South Wales Government.

Keep an eye on the NSW Government floods website for alerts, updates and support.

Queensland

Check if you’re eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government.

Check if you’re eligible for financial assistance from the Queensland Government.

Keep an eye on the QLD emergency page for alerts, updates and support.

More information

See general information about help before, during and after an emergency.