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Relief package news from Department of Education, Skills and Employment

14 April 2020

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment provided us with this information on 14 April 2020.

Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package FAQs

We have updated the COVID-19 frequently asked questions with further information on the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package payment, including tips for completing applications for supplementary payments for exceptional circumstances.

Exceptional circumstance supplementary payment application now available

Providers may apply to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment to receive a higher rate of Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package payment in exceptional circumstances.

These include: 

  • the current number of enrolments and attendance at a service from 6 April 2020 (and onwards) are significantly and demonstratively higher than the number of enrolments and attendance at the service during the reference period; and/or
  • a service experiences a significantly higher demand for child care for vulnerable and disadvantaged children during the period 6 April 2020 to 28 June 2020.

Providers seeking a supplementary payment amount should complete the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package Payment - Exceptional Circumstance Supplementary Payment application on the website and outline their circumstances to request a higher rate of payment.

Providers will need to provide rationale and evidence supporting their application for a higher rate.

NEW COVID-19 Information session

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment will record a new information session next week for providers and services to discuss the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package.

The webcast will cover the new relief package payments, including intersections with other Australian Government assistance and answers to frequently asked questions.

If you have questions you would like us to answer during this session, please email ECCCStakeholderEngagement [at] dese.gov.au. Please do not send personal, identifiable details. We will not be able to answer every question, but will use them to inform future communications.

Inclusion Support Program FAQs

We have updated the COVID-19 frequently asked auestions with information on arrangements for the Inclusion Support Program during the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package period.

For up to date information on COVID-19 for providers and services visit the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.