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Government announces extra support for childcare sector

The Morrison government has announced extra support for childcare providers to address key problems raised in a snap review of the sector’s COVID-19 relief package.

Education Minister Dan Tehan said another $12 million would be provided for services where more than 30 per cent of their workforce are not eligible for JobKeeper, which has been a major hurdle for some providers.

Education Minister Dan Tehan has announced extra support for childcare providers.

Education Minister Dan Tehan has announced extra support for childcare providers. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Mr Tehan said in-home care providers, who have been disadvantaged by the package, would have access to an extra $800,000 in funding.

The package was introduced to provide stable funding for the sector after enrolments plummeted in March. Under the arrangements, services receive half their ordinary government subsidy revenue and are not allowed to charge fees. It is intended to work in concert with $1 billion worth of JobKeeper wage subsidy payments.

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