NT floods: period of emergency extended

This content was published on Tuesday 28 March 2023. There may be more recent updates available.

We’ve extended the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) period of emergency in place for the Victoria Daly Regional Council area in the Northern Territory following flooding.

The period of emergency now applies from 2 March to 4 April 2023 for services and families in the affected region.

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

Sector-specific support

The following support is available for services and families in affected regions during the period of emergency:

  • services can continue to get CCS if they close as a direct result of the emergency
  • services can waive gap fees if a child doesn’t attend, or their service is closed, during the emergency
  • children will get unlimited allowable absences for the duration of the period of emergency.

The following support is available to help services and families recover after an emergency:

  • Families may be able to access additional absences, if they’ve exhausted their allowable absences, after the emergency.
  • TheCommunity Child Care Fund (CCCF) special circumstances granthelps services stay open when something unexpected happens, such as an emergency. Affected services should apply after an event has occurred and they have accessed other disaster support.
  • Families experiencing temporary financial hardship due to an emergency that happened in the last 6 months may be eligible forAdditional Child Care Subsidy. Families should apply through their Centrelink online account.

Full details of support are available on our help in an emergency webpage.

Other government support

Services in affected areas may also be eligible for other government support:

  • The Australian Government provides payments and help for people affected by natural disasters. Find out if you’re eligible for support on the Services Australia website.
  • The Northern Territory government may provide support for individuals and businesses impacted by a natural disaster. Go to the Northern Territory government website.