Release type: Joint Media Release


Vale Denise Bradley AC


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Families using child care now have 62 days available to them for absences. They will continue to receive the Child Care Subsidy if their child is absent from care for any reason for these days.

Families will be able to use the additional 20 days of absences this financial year. Beyond 62 days the Government has waived the requirement to produce medical evidence if a child is absent due to COVID-19 reasons.

Families will now be able to access an additional 20 days of child care this financial year while still receive the Child Care Subsidy to support families impacted by COVID-19.

Families will be able to access a total of 62 days of allowable absences as well as additional absences, where a child is ill, quarantined or unable to attend child care due to COVID-19, and without the medical evidence usually required.