Early childhood COVID-19 support by region

Child care services in the below regions can waive gap fees, access additional allowable absences and get business continuity payments for the dates indicated.

Dates in this table are dependent on when the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer and states and territories publish their health orders. Sometimes there are delays between media reporting and when this information is published on official sites.

We update this table frequently, so check back often.

Business continuity payments are based on a service’s revenue in a specified fortnight before the lockdown. The reference fortnights for each region are outlined in the payment guidelines.

Dates under business continuity payments refer to the payment fortnights. Services receive payment for the full fortnight so long as they are in an eligible location for one day in that fortnight.

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New South Wales

Sydney 13 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
19 July – 17 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
24 June – 17 October 2021
Business continuity payment
23 August – 31 October 2021

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
19 July – 24 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
24 June – 24 October 2021
Business continuity payment
23 August – 31 October 2021
  • Bayside
  • Canada Bay
  • City of Sydney
  • Inner West
  • Randwick
  • Waverley
  • Woollahra

Greater Sydney 13 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
19 July — 17 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
27 June — 17 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August — 17 October 2021

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
19 July — 24 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
27 June — 24 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August — 31 October 2021
  • Blacktown
  • Blue Mountains
  • Burwood
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown
  • Canterbury/Bankstown
  • Central Coast
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield
  • Georges River
  • Hawkesbury
  • Hornsby
  • Hunters Hill
  • Ku-ring-gai
  • Lane Cove
  • Liverpool
  • Mosman
  • North Sydney
  • Northern Beaches
  • Parramatta
  • Penrith
  • Ryde
  • Shellharbour
  • Strathfield
  • Sutherland Shire
  • The Hills Shire
  • Willoughby
  • Wollondilly
  • Wollongong

Western NSW 13 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
19 August – 17 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
12 August – 17 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 17 October 2021

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
19 August – 24 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
12 August – 24 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 31 October 2021
  • Bathurst
  • Bourke
  • Dubbo

Newcastle and Hunter 13 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
13 August – 17 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
6 August – 17 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 17 October 2021

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
13 August – 24 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
6 August – 24 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 31 October 2021
  • Newcastle
  • Cessnock
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Maitland
  • Port Stephens

Regional NSW 13 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
22 August – 17 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
15 August – 17 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 17 October 2021

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
22 August – 24 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
15 August – 24 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 31 October 2021
  • Broken Hill
  • Eurobodalla
  • Goulburn Mulwaree
  • Kiama
  • Lithgow
  • Queanbeyan-Palerang
  • Shoalhaven
  • Wingecarribee Shire

Muswellbrook 13 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
29 September – 17 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
29 September – 17 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 17 October 2021

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
29 September – 24 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
29 September – 24 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 31 October 2021
  • Muswellbrook

Snowy Monaro, Kyogle, Narromine 13 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
1 October – 17 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
1 October – 17 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 17 October 2021

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
1 October – 24 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
1 October – 24 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 31 October 2021
  • Snowy Monaro
  • Kyogle
  • Narromine

Oberon 13 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
30 September – 17 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
30 September – 17 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 17 October 2021

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
30 September – 24 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
30 September – 24 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 31 October 2021
  • Oberon

Lismore 13 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
3 October – 17 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
3 October – 17 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 17 October 2021

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
3 October – 24 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
3 October – 24 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 31 October 2021
  • Lismore

Regional NSW 15 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
11 October – 17 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
11 October – 17 October 2021
Business continuity payments
Not eligible

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
11 October – 24 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
11 October – 24 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 31 October 2021
  • Cowra
  • Central Darling
  • Hilltops
  • Mid-Western Regional
  • Walgett
  • Orange
  • Brewarrina
  • Gilgandra
  • Bega Valley
  • Blayney
  • Bogan
  • Cabonne
  • Dungog
  • Forbes
  • Narrabri
  • Parkes
  • Singleton
  • Upper Hunter Shire
  • Albury
  • Armidale Regional
  • Ballina
  • Balranald
  • Bellingen
  • Berrigan
  • Bland
  • Byron
  • Carrathool
  • Clarence Valley
  • Cobar
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Coolamon
  • Coonamble
  • Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional
  • Edward River
  • Federation
  • Glen Innes Severn
  • Greater Hume Shire
  • Griffith
  • Gunnedah
  • Gwydir
  • Hay
  • Inverell
  • Junee
  • Kempsey
  • Lachlan
  • Leeton
  • Liverpool Plains
  • Lockhart
  • Mid-Coast
  • Moree Plains
  • Murray River
  • Murrumbidgee
  • Nambucca
  • Narrandera
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings
  • Richmond Valley
  • Snowy Valleys
  • Tamworth Regional
  • Temora
  • Tenterfield
  • Tweed
  • Unincorporated NSW
  • Upper Lachlan Shire
  • Uralla
  • Wagga Wagga
  • Walcha
  • Warren
  • Warrumbungle Shire
  • Weddin
  • Wentworth
  • Yass Valley

Jervis Bay 13 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
22 August – 17 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
15 August – 17 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 17 October

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
22 August – 24 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
15 August – 24 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 31 October
  • Jervis Bay

Suburbs

Richmond Valley Suburbs 13 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
2 October – 17 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
2 October – 17 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 17 October

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
2 October – 24 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
2 October – 24 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 31 October
  • Casino

Central Darling Suburbs 13 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
22 August – 17 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
15 August – 17 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 17 October

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
22 August – 24 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
15 August – 24 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 31 October
  • Menindee
  • Sunset Strip
  • Wilcannia

Mid Coast Suburbs 10 Oct 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
5 – 10 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
Not eligible
Business continuity payments
Not eligible
  • Black Head
  • Booti Booti
  • Brimbin
  • Charlotte Bay
  • Croki
  • Dumaresq Island
  • Glenthorne
  • Jones Island
  • Kundle Kundle
  • Blueys Beach
  • Bohnock
  • Cabbage Tree Island
  • Cundletown
  • Coomba Bay
  • Diamond beach
  • Elizabeth Beach
  • Hallidays Point
  • Kiwarrak
  • Lansdowne
  • Forster
  • Green Point
  • Pacific Palms
  • Sandbar
  • Shallow Bay
  • Smiths Lake
  • Bootawa
  • Boomerang Beach
  • Darawank
  • Failford
  • Ghinni Ghinni
  • Hillville
  • Koorainghat
  • Taree
  • Tarbuck Bay
  • Tiona
  • Tuncurry
  • Wallingat
  • Wallis Lake
  • Chatham
  • Coomba Park

Gunnedah 10 Oct 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
5 – 10 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
Not eligible
Business continuity payments
Not eligible
  • Gunnedah

Port Macquarie 4 Oct 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
29 September – 5 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
Not eligible
Business continuity payments
Not eligible
  • Port Macquarie

Cowra 5 Oct 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
21 September – 5 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
21 September – 5 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 17 October 2021
  • Cowra

Hilltops 1 Oct 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
18 September – 1 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
18 September – 1 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 3 October 2021
  • Hilltops

Walgett 1 Oct 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
19 August – 1 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
12 August – 1 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 3 October 2021
  • Walgett

Regional NSW 1 Oct 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
22 August – 1 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
15 August – 1 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 3 October 2021
  • Central Darling
  • Mid West Region

Yass 28 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
22 August – 28 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
15 August – 28 September 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 3 October 2021
  • Yass Valley

Byron, Tweed and Kempsey 28 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
22 – 28 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
Not eligible
Business continuity payments
Not eligible
  • Byron
  • Tweed
  • Kempsey

Narromine 25 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
19 August – 25 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
12 August – 25 September 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 3 October 2021
  • Narromine

Glen Innes 23 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
18 – 23 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
Not eligible
Business continuity payments
23 August – 3 October 2021
  • Glen Innes

Orange 23 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
22 August – 23 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
15 August – 23 September 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 3 October 2021
  • Orange

Western NSW 22 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
19 August – 22 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
12 August – 22 September 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 3 October 2021
  • Brewarrina
  • Gilgandra

Albury and Lismore 22 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
17 – 22 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
Not eligible
Business continuity payments
Not eligible
  • Albury
  • Lismore

Regional NSW 16 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
22 August – 16 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
15 August – 16 September 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 19 September 2021
  • Bega
  • Blayney
  • Cabonne
  • Forbes
  • Narrabri
  • Parkes
  • Snowy Monaro
  • Upper Hunter Shire

Bogan 16 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
19 August – 16 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
12 August – 16 September 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 19 September 2021
  • Bogan

Newcastle and Hunter 16 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
13 August – 16 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
6 August – 16 September 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 19 September 2021
  • Muswellbrook
  • Dungog
  • Singleton

Western NSW 10 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
19 August – 10 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
12 August – 10 September 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 19 September 2021
  • Coonamble
  • Warren

Northern Rivers and Armidale 10 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
17 August – 10 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
10 August – 10 September 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 19 September 2021
  • Ballina
  • Byron
  • Lismore
  • Richmond Valley
  • Tamworth

Regional NSW 10 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
22 August – 10 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
15 August – 10 September 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 19 September 2021
  • Albury
  • Balranald
  • Bellingen
  • Berrigan
  • Bland
  • Carrathoool
  • Clarence Valley
  • Cobar
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Coolamon
  • Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council
  • Cowra
  • Edward River
  • Federation Council
  • Glen Innes
  • Greater Hume
  • Griffith
  • Gunnedah
  • Gwydir
  • Hay
  • Hilltops
  • Inverell
  • Junee
  • Kempsey
  • Kyogle
  • Lachlan
  • Leeton
  • Liverpool Plains
  • Lockhart
  • Mid-Coast Council
  • Moree Plains
  • Murray River
  • Murrumbidgee
  • Nambucca
  • Narrandera
  • Oberon
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings
  • Snowy Valleys
  • Temora
  • Tenterfield
  • Tweed
  • Unincorporated Far West
  • Upper Lachlan
  • Uralla
  • Wagga Wagga
  • Walcha
  • Warrumbungle
  • Weddin
  • Wentworth

Victoria

Metropolitan Melbourne 13 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
13 August – TBC
Additional allowable absences
6 August – TBC
Business continuity payments
23 August – TBC

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
13 August – TBC
Additional allowable absences
6 August – TBC
Business continuity payments
23 August – TBC
  • Banyule
  • Bayside
  • Boroondara
  • Brimbank
  • Cardinia
  • Casey
  • Darebin
  • Frankston
  • Glen Eira
  • Greater Dandenong
  • Hobson Bay
  • Hume
  • Kingston
  • Knox
  • Manningham
  • Maribyrnong
  • Maroondah
  • Melbourne
  • Melton
  • Monash
  • Moonee Valley
  • Moreland
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Nillumbik
  • Port Phillip
  • Stonnington
  • Whitehorse
  • Whittlesea
  • Wyndham
  • Yarra
  • Yarra Ranges

Mitchell Shire 13 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
20 September – 13 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
20 September – 13 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 17 October 2021

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
20 September – 13 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
20 September – 13 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 31 October 2021
  • Mitchell Shire

Mildura 15 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
9 October – TBC
Additional allowable absences
9 October – TBC
Business continuity payments
4 October – TBC

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
9 October – TBC
Additional allowable absences
9 October – TBC
Business continuity payments
23 August – TBC
  • Mildura

Moorabool and Greater Shepparton 8 Oct 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
2 – 8 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
Not eligible
Business continuity payments
Not eligible
  • Moorabool
  • Greater Shepparton

City of Latrobe 5 Oct 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
29 September – 5 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
Not eligible
Business continuity payments
Not eligible
  • City of Latrobe

Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire 26 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
20 – 26 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
Not eligible
Business continuity payments
Not eligible
  • Greater Geelong
  • Surf Coast Shire

Ballarat 26 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
16 – 22 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
Not eligible
Business continuity payments
Not eligible
  • Ballarat

Shepparton 15 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
22 August – 15 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
22 August – 15 September 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 19 September 2021
  • Greater Shepparton

Regional Victoria 15 October 2021

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
11–25 October 2021
Additional allowable absences
11–25 October 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 31 October 2021
  • Alpine
  • Ararat
  • Ballarat
  • Bass Coast
  • Baw Baw
  • Benalla
  • Buloke
  • Campaspe
  • Central Goldfields
  • Colac-Otway
  • Corangamite
  • East Gippsland
  • Gannawarra
  • Glenelg
  • Golden Plains
  • Greater Bendigo
  • Greater Geelong
  • Greater Shepparton
  • Hepburn
  • Hindmarsh
  • Horsham
  • Indigo
  • Latrobe
  • Loddon
  • Macedon Ranges
  • Mansfield
  • Mitchell
  • Moira
  • Moorabool
  • Mount Alexander
  • Moyne
  • Murrindindi
  • Northern Grampians
  • Pyrenees
  • Queenscliffe
  • South Gippsland
  • Southern Grampians
  • Strathbogie
  • Surf Coast
  • Swan Hill
  • Towong
  • Wangeratta
  • Warrnambool
  • Wellington
  • West Wimmera
  • Wodonga
  • Yarriambiack
  • Unincorporated areas

Golden Plains, Greater Geelong, and Moorabool 9 Sep 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
13 August – 9 September 2021
Additional allowable absences
6 August – 9 September 2021
Business continuity payments
23 August – 19 September 2021
  • Golden Plains
  • Greater Geelong
  • Moorabool

Victoria 27 Jul 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
Not eligible
Additional allowable absences
16 – 27 July 2021
Business continuity payments
Not eligible
  • Banyule
  • Bayside
  • Boroondara
  • Brimbank
  • Cardinia
  • Casey
  • Darebin
  • Frankston
  • Glen Eira
  • Greater Dandenong
  • Hobsons Bay
  • Hume
  • Kingston
  • Knox
  • Manningham
  • Maribyrnong
  • Maroondah
  • Melbourne
  • Melton
  • Monash
  • Moonee Valley
  • Moreland
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Nillumbik
  • Port Phillip
  • Stonnington
  • Whitehorse
  • Whittlesea
  • Yarra
  • Yarra Ranges
  • Wyndham
  • Moorabool
  • Greater Geelong
  • Borough of Queenscliff, Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale
  • Surf Coast Shire

Bass Coast 27 Jul 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
Not eligible
Additional allowable absences
18 – 27 July 2021
Business continuity payments
Not eligible
  • Bass Coast Shire, including Phillip Island

Mildura 27 Jul 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
Not eligible
Additional allowable absences
19 – 27 July 2021
Business continuity payments
Not eligible
  • Mildura

Queensland

South East Queensland 8 Aug 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
Not eligible
Additional allowable absences
1 – 8 August 2021
Business continuity payments
Not eligible
  • Brisbane
  • Moreton Bay
  • Redland
  • Logan
  • Ipswich
  • Noosa
  • Gold Coast
  • Lockyer Valley
  • Scenic Rim
  • Somerset
  • Sunshine Coast

Australian Capital Territory

ACT 13 Oct 2021

Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, In Home Care

Gap fee waiver
13 August – TBC
Additional allowable absences
13 August – TBC
Business continuity payments
23 August – TBC

Outside School Hours Care

Gap fee waiver
13 August –TBC
Additional allowable absences
13 August –TBC
Business continuity payments
23 August – TBC
  • All areas

Northern Territory

Katherine 20 Aug 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
18 – 20 August 2021
Additional allowable absences
Not eligible
Business continuity payments
Not eligible
  • Katherine Town Council, including Tindal

Greater Darwin 19 Aug 2021

All care types

Gap fee waiver
18 – 19 August 2021
Additional allowable absences
Not eligible
Business continuity payments
Not eligible
  • Belyuen Community Government Council
  • City of Darwin
  • City of Palmerston
  • Litchfield Council
  • Wagait Shire Council
  • Bynoe
  • Charlotte
  • Cox Peninsula
  • Dundee Beach
  • Dundee Downs
  • Dundee Forest