The Australian Government implemented a Relief Package, Transition Package and Recovery Package to help the early childhood education and care sector manage the impact of COVID-19.
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Families whose employment was affected by COVID-19 had access to extra Child Care Subsidy (CCS) hours between 13 July 2020 and 4 April 2021.
Payments under these packages have ended.
6 April 2020 – 12 July 2020
The Australian Government responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020 with the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package. A review found the Relief Package helped keep services open and viable, with 99% of 13,400 services operational as of 27 May 2020.
13 July 2020 – 27 September 2020
The sector returned to CCS with support from a Transition Package on 13 July 2020. In addition to CCS payments, approved providers received a 25% Transition Payment instead of JobKeeper Payments. Additional assistance was made available to services in Victoria affected by COVID-19 lockdowns. More details on the Transition Package are available in the Transition Payment Guidelines.
28 September 2020 – 31 January 2021