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LATEST NEWS: The Australian Government have announced the expansion of the Exceptional Circumstance Supplementary Payment eligibility criteria to account for many of the family day care educators and services currently ineligible for JobKeeper payments. For more information please read our latest member bulletin.
20 April 2020: Enrolments for the Government’s JobKeeper Payment scheme opened on 20 April 2020. The ATO is administering the scheme so head to https://www.ato.gov.au/general/JobKeeper-Payment for the latest information on eligibility and how to enrol.
9 April 2020: Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package - exceptional circumstances Supplementary Relief Payment form maed available for services.
This form must be used by services wishing to apply for a higher rate of Early Childhood Education and Care Relief payments. To access the form, click here (scroll to the bottom of the page). We recommend reading our email bulletin sent to services on Friday, 10 April before completing the form.
Announcement of the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package - 2 April 2020
On 2 April 2020, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison and the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan, announced the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Relief Package.
The Department has made a strong commitment to continue working with FDCA and the sector to address the challenges posed by the introduction of this new package and is committed to enabling the sector to continue to play its vital role in supporting children and families through this crisis.
While this Relief Package will mean some dramatic changes for the sector over the next six months, these are only temporary. The primary aim of the package is to support the ongoing viability of the ECEC sector as a whole during the COVID-19 emergency, thereby ensuring that the children of essential workers and vulnerable and disadvantaged children are able to access quality education and care arrangements.
Since the announcement of the ECEC Relief Package, FDCA has been flooded with enquiries from members as to what this package means for them. We acknowledge there is a lot to absorb with this new package and we are still clarifying some details and implications on behalf of members. Please make sure you read our member bulletins to stay abreast of the latest developments.
While FDCA has been in regular discussion with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment over the past month about the very real impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the viability of the family day care sector, we did not design the package that was announced on 2 April. See FDCA’s COVID-19 Response Brief Summary for an overview of our key advocacy positions. This Response Brief was informed by the many pressing issues that members had raised with us and was developed in consultation with our COVID-19 Sector Advisory Committee. It was sent on Thursday 26 March to the federal Education Minister, The Hon Dan Tehan MP, along with all state and territory Education Ministers, Commonwealth and State & Territory Departments, and the federal opposition.
Rest assured that following the announcement of the ECEC Relief Package we continue to work tirelessly behind the scenes to advocate for our members in our ongoing discussions with the Department by raising issues specifically affecting the family day care sector, as reported by our members, and seeking appropriate resolutions.
About this page
This page has been created so members can easily find the latest information, support and resources available to family day care educators and services during the COVID-19 emergency.
The information here is informed by the latest fact sheets and FAQs published by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
We will update the content as new information comes to hand. Be aware that the situation is evolving rapidly.