COVID-19: Understanding the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package

On 2 April 2020, the Australian Government announced the new Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package. From Monday 6 April 2020 weekly payments will be made directly to early childhood education and care services in lieu of the Child Care Subsidy and the Additional Child Care Subsidy, to help them keep their doors open and employees in their jobs.

Providers may now apply to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment to receive a supplementary payment under the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package in exceptional circumstances.

A provider may be experiencing exceptional circumstances if the current number of enrolments and attendance at a service from 6 April 2020 (and onwards) is demonstratively higher than the number of enrolments and attendance at the service during the reference period, and/or a service experiences a significantly higher demand for child care for vulnerable and disadvantaged children during the period 6 April 2020 to 28 June 2020.

Providers seeking a supplementary payment should complete the application now available on our website and outline their circumstances to request a higher rate of payment.

On 14 April, the department recorded a new information session to help providers and services to better understand the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package and what providers need to know about applying for a supplementary payment.

The session also provides answers to frequently asked questions. Our Frequently Asked Questions have now been updated to answer even more questions. Please regularly check this page as we will continue to update it as new information becomes available.

For more information, see Information for early childhood education and care providers and services.

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