Australia’s free childcare scheme is now over

One of the federal government’s economic supports will end today, with many Aussie families to fork out for child care once again.

Free childcare was one of the measures brought in to help the economy through the coronavirus crisis, after thousands of children were pulled out of childcare because families couldn’t afford the fees or were concerned about the threat of coronavirus in child care facilities.

The free childcare scheme was introduced in April to encourage parents to re-enrol kids, and to keep the businesses afloat.


But the payments will now be due again from today, as the child care sector begins to recover from the crisis.

Education Minister Dan Tehan told the ABC that the payments have been very successful in keeping child care operators afloat during this time.

“Obviously as the economy continues to open up, we’ve seen demand for places increase and that’s why we’ve moved back to our old system, but with transition arrangements in place,” Minister Tehan said.

The opposition has already argued that it’s too early to end this support, but the Education Minister says those who are still doing it tough should look to access financial support.

It’s understood different measures are being undertaken in Melbourne, as it undergoes a second wave of the virus.

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