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Ensuring more child care services remain open and viable

Ministers:

The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

The Morrison Government is working to ensure child care services receiving support under the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package – but aren’t eligible for the JobKeeper payment – are able to remain open.

Under the Government’s $1.6 billion dollar Relief Package, around a million families now have access to free child care.

Almost all providers are benefiting from a guaranteed weekly income and the $130 billion JobKeeper Payment to ensure they can continue to provide care to the children of essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Government had expanded the eligibility for additional supplementary payments for providers not eligible for JobKeeper Payments.

“Providers that are not eligible for the JobKeeper Payment, including non-government schools, large charities and not-for-profit organisations, will be eligible for a top-up payment,” Mr Tehan said.

“Family Day Care and In Home Care providers that are not eligible for JobKeeper and apply for an ABN by 1 June 2020 may be eligible.

“Services that can show an increase in demand compared to the reference period, especially for children of essential workers and/or vulnerable and disadvantaged children, may also be eligible for an additional payment.

“Our Government introduced the Relief Package and expanded the additional supplementary payments to continue to ensure the viability of the sector, helping more working families and vulnerable and disadvantaged children access care.”

For more information, visit dese.gov.au/covid-19/childcare, email ccshelpdesk@dese.gov.au or call 1300 667 276.