COVID-19 in NSW: what lockdowns in Cowra, Kempsey, Byron and Tweed mean for child care services

Child care services in Cowra, Kempsey, Byron and Tweed Local Government Areas (LGAs) may be eligible for Australian Government support following lockdowns there because of COVID-19 outbreaks.

On 20 September, the NSW Government announced the Cowra LGA would enter a seven-day lockdown from 5pm.

On 21 September, it was announced Kempsey, Byron and Tweed LGAs would also enter a seven-day lockdown from 5pm.

During the lockdowns, child care services are considered an essential service and may remain open, unless directed to close by NSW Health.

Services in a Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot may get business continuity payments, waive gap fees and access additional allowable absences.

We’ll let services know if they become eligible for this support.

Further details about COVID-19 support are available on our website.

Services receiving business continuity payments

Services that opted in by 9 September will receive payment for the fortnight 6 to 19 September. If circumstances remain the same, payments will end after this fortnight.

If the lockdown is extended, services will receive payment for the fortnight 20 September to 3 October.

If services have opted in they do not need to tell us if they are going into or coming out of lockdown. The only need to tell us if their eligibility in meeting the other conditions of the payment changes.

See this table for:

  • key dates for business continuity payments, gap fee waivers and absences, and
  • a full list of regions eligible for support.

Outside School Hours Care and vacation care

Outside School Hours Care (OSCH) services will continue to receive business continuity payments where school attendance is restricted and where services continue to meet the conditions.

That means OSHC services can continue to receive business continuity payments until all children are permitted to return to school in the affected area.

OSHC services that provide vacation care over the school holidays and are eligible for the business continuity payment will receive 40% of their pre-lockdown revenue for this fortnight (i.e. 20 September to 3 October).

We will update the guidelines shortly.

Services do not need to call the CCS Helpdesk. We will contact them about business continuity payments.

Other support

Go to our website for more information about:

  • support for services
  • support for families
  • if services have to close
  • action services can take.