We’ve declared a Local Area Emergency (LAE) in response to the stay at home direction for people in Greater Sydney.
The LAE will run from 26 June to 9 July 2021 for all child care services located in the following Local Government Areas (LGAs) in New South Wales:
City of Sydney, Municipality of Woollahra, City of Randwick, Municipality of Waverley, Bayside Council, Blacktown City Council, Blue Mountains City Council, Municipality of Burwood, Camden Council, Central Coast Council, City of Campbelltown, City of Canada Bay, City of Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland City Council, City of Fairfield, George’s River Council, City of Hawkesbury, Hornsby Shire, Municipality of Hunter’s Hill, Inner West Council, Ku-ring-gai Council, Lane Cove Council, City of Liverpool, Mosman Council, North Sydney Council, Northern Beaches Council, City of Parramatta, City of Penrith, City of Ryde, Shellharbour City Council, Municipality of Strathfield, Sutherland Shire, The Hills Shire, Wollondilly Shire, City of Willoughby, and Wollongong City Council.
Early childhood education and care services, including vacation care, can continue to operate across NSW. Under the stay at home rules, accessing child care is considered a reasonable excuse to leave home.
Children attending a service in the above LGAs will have access to additional absences during the LAE period if they have used their available allowable absences.
Learn more about absences during emergencies.
Gap fee waiver
Services directed to close by a local authority because of COVID-19 can waive gap fees until 31 December 2021.
Other Government support
The Australian Government has declared parts of Sydney a COVID-19 Hotspot until 2 July 2021. Further information can be found on the Services Australia website.
If you close your service, you must report the closure within 24 hours to:
- your state or territory regulatory authority, and
- your third-party software provider.
Help in an emergency
Some services may be eligible for a Community Child Care Fund Special Circumstances Grant.
For more information about help available before, during and after an emergency, visit our help in an emergency page.
Support for families
Families affected by COVID-19 may be eligible to receive additional support with the cost of child care through the Additional Child Care Subsidy (temporary financial hardship). Families must apply directly to Centrelink.