COVID-19 in Victoria: Local Area Emergency extended to 30 June

The Local Area Emergency (LAE) declared for all of Victoria following the recent COVID-19 outbreak has been extended to 30 June 2021.

The LAE was initially declared for the period Friday 28 May 2021 until Thursday 10 June 2021.

The extension applies to all Victorian local government areas and will continue to be assessed.


Victorian families will have access to additional absences during the LAE period if they have used their available allowable absences.

In addition to the standard 42 allowable absences, children attending a Victorian service have an extra 45 days of allowable absences for the 2020–21 financial year. This measure was introduced in response to Victoria’s second wave lockdown in 2020.

Visit our website for information about absences during emergencies.

Gap fee waiver

Services directed to close by a local authority because of COVID-19 can waive gap fees until 30 June 2021. 

Help in an emergency

Some services may be eligible for a Community Child Care Fund Special Circumstances Grant. More information, including eligibility criteria, is available on our website.

If services close

If you close your service, you must report the closure within 24 hours to:

Support for providers and services

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.

Families looking for alternative child care options during an emergency can visit Starting Blocks or Child Care Finder