Previous early childhood COVID-19 support packages

The Australian Government has implemented a range of support packages to help the early childhood education and care sector manage the impact of COVID-19. Payments under these packages have ended.

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Relief Package 

6 April 2020 to 12 July 2020 

The Australian Government responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020 with the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package.  A review found the Relief Package helped keep services open and viable, with 99% of 13,400 services operational as of 27 May 2020. 

Transition Package 

13 July 2020 to 27 September 2020 

The sector returned to CCS with support from a Transition Package on 13 July 2020. In addition to CCS payments, approved providers received a 25% Transition Payment instead of JobKeeper Payments. Additional assistance was made available to services in Victoria affected by COVID-19 lockdowns. See the transition payment guidelines

Families whose employment was affected by COVID-19 had access to extra Child Care Subsidy (CCS) hours between 13 July 2020 and 4 April 2021. 

Recovery Package 

28 September 2020 to 31 January 2021 

The Recovery Package included payments for services in Victoria and support for services at risk of imminent closure. See the recovery payment guidelines.

Viability Support Package

23 August 2021 to 30 November 2021

Eligible child care services received business continuity payments during extended COVID-19 lockdowns. Services received payments 25–40% of their pre-lockdown revenue. See the business continuity payment guidelines.


Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package: Four Week Review Summary Report 

Early Childhood Education and Care and COVID-19: Path to Recovery Report 

Child care in COVID-19: Summary of August services survey results 

Child care in COVID-19: Summary of August parent survey results