Childcare centres and family day care providers who aren’t eligible for wage subsidies will get a top-up from the government to help them stay afloat during the coronavirus crisis.
The government has made childcare free to parents during the health and economic crisis to enable them to keep their place in a centre even if they’ve lost their job or taken a pay cut.
But in doing so, it effectively halved the amount of income centres could count on, by guaranteeing only the taxpayer subsidised portion of fees.
It said the funding guarantee would work in tandem with the JobKeeper wage subsidy.
But child care run by large charities, non-government schools and many family day care operators missed out on this.
Education Minister Dan Tehan said on Friday those operations could now apply to get a top-up payment to keep them running.
In addition, centres where demand for care has increased above the early March benchmark week can also get top-ups.