COVID-19 in ACT: support for child care services in extended lockdown

Child care services in extended lockdown in the Australian Capital Territory are eligible for a range of support from the Australian Government.

The ACT Government announced on 14 September the current lockdown will be extended until 15 October.

Details about the lockdown are available on the ACT Government COVID-19 response website.

Also, on 15 September the Australian Government extended the current Commonwealth Hotspot for the ACT.

During the lockdown, child care services can remain open only for staff, vulnerable children and the children whose parents or carers cannot work from home.

Support during lockdown

Child care services in the ACT are eligible for a range of government support during the COVID-19 lockdown.

All services in the ACT are eligible for business continuity payments if they meet conditions. Providers who have already accepted the offer will be receiving payments.

If you haven't accepted the offer, you need to do so by 23 September to receive the next fortnightly payment. This payment will be for the fortnight 20 September to 3 October.

Learn more about business continuity payments.

All services in the ACT can waive gap fees.

Learn more about waiving gap fees.

All services in the ACT can access additional allowable absences.

Learn more about absences.

Stay up to date with support for services and families on our COVID-19 webpage.