Extra coronavirus (COVID-19) support if you get Child Care Subsidy

28 September 2021

You may be eligible for more Child Care Subsidy absences.

You can access these absences if you live in, or your child attends or attended care in a Commonwealth declared COVID-19 hotspot of more than 7 days.

These are also known as allowable absences for a special purpose.

Absences will be available until the hotspot declaration ends.

You don’t need to do anything. If you’re eligible they will automatically be applied.

This means you won’t have to use your regular 42 allowable absences.

You can view your extra allowable absences for a special purpose in your Centrelink online account through myGov or Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

Next steps

Read more about Using absences in an emergency event.

The Department of Health website lists the current hotspots.

Page last updated: 29 September 2021