Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced earlier this month a relief package for the childcare sector, with the aim of keeping over 13,000 childcare centres across the country open and allowing parents to send their children to childcare.
The Government's package now makes all childcare centres across the country free for parents. This means parents are not required to pay any gap fees or any out of pocket expenses when sending their kids to childcare, back dated to 23 March 2020.
The free childcare services are available to all families, with means testing for childcare subsidies suspended.
The Government will also pay childcare centres 50% of their fee revenue up to the existing rate cap based on enrolments as at 2 March 2020.
The Government's package is a stimulus for centres to keep their businesses afloat during these unprecedented times but of course, on the provision that the centre:
Although childcare centres will receive payment of half of their revenue by the Government, they may also have access to subsidies under the JobKeeper Payments to continue to pay their employees, if:
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