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.


In pertnership with Guild Insurance
Visit us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on LinkedIn
Become a member today

Gap fee waiving available to early learning services in flood-affected Queensland and New South Wales

The Australian Government has announced that it will provide additional support for families affected by the floods in south-east Queensland (QLD) and New South Wales (NSW) by allowing child care services to waive gap fees for parents keeping their children at home where impacted services have closed.


The government has stated that about 290,000 families and more than 3,800 services are located in flood affected Local Government Areas (LGAs), with more than 1,000 child care services having had to temporarily close this week in QLD and NSW because of the floods.


In light of the impact of the floods, from 23 February early learning service providers in LGAs where a Local Area Emergency (LAE) has been declared because of flooding can waive gap fees for the duration of the LAE.


The gap fee is the difference between the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) the Australian Government pays to a service and the remaining fee paid by the family.

 

ACA President Paul Mondo has commended the Australian Government for this support.

"This is going to be a relief for those families impacted by the floods,"  he said. "It means that they won't be out of pocket on those days their children can't attend childcare." 

 

Acting Minister for Education and Youth, Stuart Robert MP, said the extra support follows consultation with the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector.

 

You can read the Australian Government's  media release here

 

Working together to prioritise families with young children - ACA congratulates Prime Minister Albanese

Working together to prioritise families with young children - ACA congratulates Prime Minister Albanese

Leave review
ACA commends the Australian Labor Party for its commitment to all of ACA’s
Read More
ACA launches its top 3 election priorities for all parties

ACA launches its top 3 election priorities for all parties

Leave review
As the 2022 federal election draws nearer, Australia’s peak body for early
Read More
Gap fee waiving available to early learning services in flood-affected Queensland and New South Wales

Gap fee waiving available to early learning services in flood-affected Queensland and New South Wales

Leave review
The Federal Government will provide additional support for families affecte
Read More
Higher Child Care Subsidy for families with multiple children and removal of the annual cap

Higher Child Care Subsidy for families with multiple children and removal of the annual cap

Leave review
The higher Child Care Subsidy (CCS) for families with multiple children wil
Read More