South Australia floods: period of emergency declared

We’ve declared a period of emergency for the early childhood education and care sector in Renmark Paringa, South Australia, following flooding.

The period of emergency applies from 15 to 27 December 2022 for services and families in the Renmark Paringa Local Government Area (LGA).

See the full list of affected LGAs on our Help in an emergency page. 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 Child Care Subsidy (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.
  • The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) special circumstances grant helps 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 for Additional 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

Individuals and services in affected areas may also be eligible for other government support: