A message from our CEO Kay Turner: Government Announcement
The Australian government has announced a support package for the child care sector during the COVID-19 crisis.
We don’t have very clear details at the moment, but based on what we can see the key points of the package seem to be:
- There are changes to Child Care Subsidy payments as of this Sunday night 5 April
- Payment to centres will be calculated as 50% of the CCS capped fee based on enrolments in the fortnight before 2 March, and centres will receive that amount paid on a fortnightly basis – we don’t know if this is all families or only families who are eligible for CCS
- Centres are able to waive the gap between the full fee and CCS backdated to 23 March – it is not clear whether this is only under certain conditions or is a blanket waiver
- Centres must prioritise enrolment for children from families who are essential workers, vulnerable and disadvantaged children, and previously enrolled children
- The JobKeeper payments announced earlier will be in addition to this, if we meet the criteria.
Our first reaction is that this is good news for families, but please be patient with us as we work through the implications. We had no advance knowledge of this announcement and don’t have all of the details, and those we do have are unclear.
Importantly for families, the direct debit due to run 2 April did not happen.
If you have previously given us notice of cancellation, please speak to your centre director from Monday (once we know how this will work) about what your options now are.
We will keep you updated as we work through this and we will be in contact as soon as we have a clearer understanding of how this will work in practice.