COVID-19 in Victoria: what eased restrictions in Ballarat mean for child care services

Changes to Australian Government support apply to child care services in Ballarat following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

On 22 September, the lockdown was lifted for Ballarat.

Details are available on the Victorian Government COVID-19 response website.

From 23 September the following applies:

Business continuity payments

Services that accepted their business continuity payment offer before 9 September will still receive payment for the fortnight 6 – 19 September. Payments will end after this fortnight’s payment.

Services don’t need to tell us that they are coming out of lockdown, only if their eligibility in meeting the other conditions of the payment changes.

Learn about business continuity payment conditions.

Absences

Regular absence provisions now apply – families can access up to 42 days per child, per financial year.

Learn about absences on our website.

Gap fees

Services must resume charging fees.

However, if services are receiving business continuity payments they must waive gap fees for the full payment fortnight, even if they came out of lockdown before the end of the payment fortnight.  

More information

Check this table for regions eligible for support and the dates the support starts and ends.

Learn more about COVID-19 support for services and families on our website.