Far North Queensland cyclone, flood emergency: support extended in 5 LGAs

We’ve extended the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) period of emergency in parts of Far North Queensland affected by Tropical Cyclone Jasper and subsequent flooding. 

The period of emergency now applies from 12 December 2023 to 12 January 2024 in these 5 local government areas: 

  • Cairns Regional Council 
  • Cassowary Coast Regional Council 
  • Cook Shire Council 
  • Douglas Shire Council 
  • Tablelands Regional Council. 

We continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as required. 

Support during the emergency 

The following support is available in affected regions during the period of emergency: 

  • you can continue to get CCS if your service closes as a direct result of the emergency 
  • you can waive the gap fee if a child doesn’t attend, or your service is closed, during the emergency 
  • families will get unlimited allowable absences for the duration of the period of emergency. 

Read more about support during a period of emergency

Support after the emergency 

The following support may help you recover after an emergency: 

Read more about support after a period of emergency

Other disaster support 

You may be eligible for other government disaster support: 

  • The Australian Government provides help for people affected by natural disasters. Learn more on the Services Australia website.  
  • Your state or territory government may provide additional support in the event of a natural disaster. Find out more at qld.gov.au.