One of the measures brought in to help the economy through the COVID-19 pandemic is ending, as the Morrison government comes under pressure to reveal what will happen to two other schemes – JobSeeker and JobKeeper.
From Monday, parents will have to pay for child care again. Payments were suspended in April when the government introduced a $1.6 billion plan to help the sector and its workers survive through the crisis.
Education Minister Dan Tehan says free child care had seen providers unable to keep up with demand for placements.
“Obviously as the economy continues to open up, weve seen demand for places increase and thats why weve moved back to our old system, but with transition arrangements in place,” Tehan told ABC TV on July 13.
He said struggling parents should look to access financial support. Different arrangements have been made for Melbourne which is in lockdown.
The package was introduced after enrolment numbers plummeted as parents pulled children out of care, because they couldnt afford fees or were worried about health impacts.
The opposition says its too early for it to end.