COVID-19 in NT: What lockdown means for child care

Updated 30 June 2021

The Northern Territory Government has announced a lockdown period for the Greater Darwin Area and Alice Springs. The Greater Darwin Area includes the Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield Council areas, and Wagait and Belyuen Shires.

During the lockdown, child care centres, including vacation care, will open only for the children of essential workers.

At this stage there is no change to fee charging and or absences in relation to the lockdown. If Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is being claimed by services, families are liable to pay the gap fee.

Families can get CCS when their child is absent from a session of care they would normally attend for up to 42 days per financial year. Families can use additional absences if we have declared a Local Area Emergency in their Local Government Area.

Services directed to close by a local authority because of COVID-19 can waive gap fees until 31 December 2021. 

We are monitoring the situation and will work closely with the NT Government and peak organisations from the sector as the situation evolves.

More information can be found on the NT Government’s COVID-19 response website.