There are four instances where services can waive the gap fee and receive Child Care Subsidy (CCS) – this is outlined in the Australian Government website – COVID-19 information for the early childhood education and care sector – dese.gov.au:
- A child, or a member of their immediate household, must isolate due to COVID-19.
- The child is at a higher risk of severe disease from COVID-19.
- The service, or a room at the service, is closed due to COVID-19.
- The state or territory has restricted access to child care in a region due to COVID-19.
Services must not waive the gap fee for families in any other circumstances.
Updated 2 February 2022