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Bushfire related child care service closures

Under the new bushfire danger ratings system, child care services may close as a precautionary measure in areas where there is a bushfire danger.

There is a possibility that families will have to pay child care fees on days when their child cannot attend care due to a bushfire related closure. However, the government may still pay families their Child Care Benefit entitlements.

Further information for families is available in Fact Sheet 19 ' Absences from child care due to a local emergency'. An instruction sheet for child care service providers is also available to download from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relation's website.

More general information about absences can be found in Fact Sheet 9 'Absences from child care - Child Care Benefit.