The Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) is a not-for-profit, member-funded organisation advocating for the future of Australia's children.
We work on behalf of long day care owners and operators to ensure families and their children have an opportunity to access affordable, high quality early learning services throughout Australia.

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Service providers that commenced operating on or after 6 April will not have a reference period to use when applying for the Early Childhood Education & Care Relief Package. Therefore these services will need to apply for the Exceptional Circumstance Supplementary Payment.

The application process is via an online form, available on the DESE website here. (Scroll down and click on the word "Application".) 

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ACA has received some very important advice from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) in relation to employer eligibility for the JobKeeper Payment.

The ATO has recently made a ruling that relates to how early learning service providers account for Business Continuity Payments through the month of April.

ACA's senior contact at the ATO has provided the following advice:

Further to our meeting yesterday, I can confirm that we do not consider the Business Continuity Payment and Exceptional Circumstances Supplementary Payment made by the Department of Education, Skills & Employment (DESE) to a childcare provider (under the Early Childhood Education & Care Relief Package) consideration for a supply.


The world has VERY quickly changed for early learning service providers and early childhood educators, with every individual in the sector facing some unique challenges as they operate in this new and ever-changing climate.

It is vitally important that service providers and educators acknowledge their emotional responses to these changes and know how to practice self care while navigating through the "new normal". By looking after themselves first, educators will be in a better position to look after the children in their care and give them the support they may need during these challenging times.

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Early access to retirement savings should only occur under extreme circumstances
At first glance, accessing early release superannuation may seem convenient. But it risks undermining your planned retirement income and should only be a last resort.
The Federal Government recently announced it would allow those whose employment has been affected by COVID-19 to access some of their superannuation balances early.
Under the new rules, workers whose income is reduced by at least 20% or those who have lost thier job due to the COVID-19 outbreak can access up to $20,000 of their super.

That first $10,000 is available between mid-April and 30 June 2020, and the second $10,000 is available after 1 July 2020 for around three months.