A message from CEO Kay Turner: Ending Child Care relief package
The Australian Government has just announced that it will be ending its child care relief funding package from 12 July.
The Child Care Subsidy will be returning from 13 July and will operate the way it did before 6 April.
This means we can start to move towards having our usual number of children attending our centres. It also means that we will start to charge our usual fees from Monday 13 July.
We will continue to apply the appropriate social distancing requirements for adults in our sites, however, the latest guidance from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) is that this is not required for children in early childhood settings.
A key element of the Government’s announcement is the easing of the activity test until 27 September, so they are temporarily removing the limit on the number of hours families can claim subsidy for.
This means that if circumstances have changed for families, they may be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy who weren’t before, or families may be eligible for a different rate of subsidy. We encourage families to check and update details on the Services Australia website.
For families considering applying for the Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) as a result of temporary financial hardship, more information and how to apply through the Services Australia website.
Thank you to everyone for your support over the past few months – we will keep you informed as we work through this next stage.
In the meantime, if families have any questions about the return to the Child Care Subsidy, we encourage speaking with their Centre Director or Centre Administrator.