Additional subsidy for Early Childhood Education and Care available
At the moment we all probably know at least a few people who are having a tough time as COVID-19 continues to impact on our lives, our local communities and the economy. Did you know there is support available for families with young children?
- Additional Child Care Subsidy – Temporary Financial Hardship
If you are experiencing financial hardship and you need some help paying your child care fees, you may be eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) Temporary Financial Hardship.
If you apply and are successful you may be eligible to receive up to 13 weeks of ‘free’ or ‘more subsidised’ care! You can find more information in this fact sheet that explains what ACCS is and who might be eligible.
When should you apply?
It can sometimes take a while for Government to process ACCS- TFH applications, start the process as soon as you can. Just click on the Services Australia website which can take you through each step to apply.
- If you have already applied for ACCS – TFH before you may be eligible to apply for a second round!
If you have accessed ACCS - Temporary Financial Hardship before and have had a ‘second event’ (which is government speak for things like losing hours or the industry or community you live in being particularly hard hit by the downturn) and the problem has temporarily affected your ability to pay your child care fees then you can apply again.
Where to get more help
If your child is already in early learning and care ask your Centre Director. The Services Australia website has lots of really helpful information.