COUNCIL WAIVES CHILDCARE LEVIES UNTIL END OF FINANCIAL YEAR

Dubbo Regional Council (DRC), as well as the wider community, acknowledges the invaluable contribution that Family Day Care educators make towards the welfare and pastoral care of children, subsequently, Council has decided to waive a number of levies until 30 June 2020.

From Thursday 16 April 2020, Council has waived Parent Administration Levies, Caregiver Levies, and Harmony Levies. The announcement comes after the Australian Government moved to implement the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package, as part of pandemic measures.

Dubbo Family Day Care currently has 33 educators across the region and services Wellington, Dubbo, Geurie, Narromine and Warren. There are currently 231 families and 314 children enrolled and attending the service on a weekly basis.

Dubbo Family Day Care receives a weekly amount of $19,000 from the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package, since the base relief payment was introduced by the Australian Government, as a part of pandemic measures, Thursday 9 April 2020.

This payment enables Family Day Care providers to receive the equivalent of fifty per cent of the fees they are charged for the number of children who were in care, during the fortnight from 17 February to 1 March 2020 (up to a cap rate).

“Educators continue to provide education and care to essential workers including doctors, nurses and emergency service personnel, seven days a week.  Many are also working into the evenings, overnight and weekends, to provide a care option for families, during the pandemic” said Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields.

As a result of waiving these levies for Dubbo Family Day Care, Dubbo Regional Council will sustain a financial loss in excess of $85,000 between now and the conclusion of the financial year.

“Council acknowledges the invaluable contribution that Family Day Care educators make towards the welfare and pastoral care of children, and will actively work to alleviate educators’ unfavourable financial circumstances, during these particularly challenging times. By waiving the levies, Council will help ensure that educators have the most favourable hours payment rate possible, during the pandemic,” Councillor Shields said.

The levies have been waived since Thursday 16 April, and will be waived until 30 June, 2020.


Last Edited: 20 Apr 2020

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