ECEC COVID-19 timeline

This timeline outlines milestones and events as they relate to the early childhood education and care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The timeline can be used as a reference for when lockdown restrictions and measures were in place for different regions in Australia, and as they might have applied to particular care types.

Please note, this timeline is for reference purposes only. It seeks to capture important dates that lockdowns and restrictions were in place as they relate to child care. It is not an exhaustive list of all COVID-19 support measures or policy.

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To see which areas were eligible for Australian Government support measures on particular dates, please view the Support by Region table.

COVID timeline_accessible_at 17 December 2021.pdf
Creation Date
Early Childhood
Department of Education, Skills and Employment
Department of Education, Skills and Employment
Publication Category
Departmental document
English / Australian English

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