The Australian government has announced that the Free Childcare system will be ending on the 12th of June.
This system, which was enacted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, was originally due to expire at the end of June after forecasts in the economy.
However, after having a large increase in childcare attendance, the government has insisted that the need for this system is no longer pertinent.
Education minister Dan Tehan made a statement that the free childcare system was set up to aid the public during the virus and that it had “done its job.”
However, to ease back into this new normal, the government will initiate a transitional payment of 25% of the childcare services until late September.
In addition, childcare fees will also be capped at February’s levels to continue support to those who have had their employment affected during the great lockdown.
Furthering on his statement, Mr. Tehan also said that “these families will receive up to 100 hours per fortnight of subsidised care during this period”