Senate debates

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Questions without Notice


2:29 pm

Photo of Simon BirminghamSimon Birmingham (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Trade) Share this | | Hansard source

In addition to the childcare subsidy our government provides, families and services in rural and regional remote areas benefit from the Community Child Care Fund, part of our government's childcare safety net. The Community Child Care Fund program will deliver a total of $327 million over five years to around 980 services, of which some $224 million has been allocated to more than 480 services in regional and remote parts of Australia. Earlier this month the Morrison government announced that a further $5 million is being made available from the Community Child Care Fund, especially in targeted support for early learning centres that cater for children aged from zero to five who attend centres in drought affected areas. Where a service is experiencing decreased demand or financial pressure due to drought conditions it's eligible to apply for a special circumstances grant of up to $10,000 under a streamlined process to ensure funds are quickly available on the ground, enabling them to better support their families. (Time expired)