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Free childcare across Australia to end on July 12

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The Federal Government is ending its temporary free childcare program in the wake of COVID-19, with fees returning from July 13.

The Federal Government is ending its temporary free childcare program on July 12, with fees to return the following day.

The program was introduced during the height of the coronavirus pandemic as a measure to reduce the financial burden on essential workers.

Childcare fees will resume from July 13, and the JobKeeper payment for childcare sector workers will end soon after on July 20.

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Instead, childcare services will receive a transition payment estimated at 25 per cent of revenue brought in by fees.

The coronavirus financial support will be replaced with a $708 million transition package.

Child care subsidies will return from July 13 and activity tests for parents will be eased until October.

Those families will be able to receive up to 100 hours of subsidised childcare.

"This package works to help and support those families but also to help and support the sector," Education Minister Dan Tehan told reporters in Canberra on Monday.

Child care has been supported since April after enrolments and attendance numbers plummeting because of coronavirus lockdowns.

From mid-next month until late September, the government will pay childcare centres 25 per cent of their fee revenues.

- With AAP

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Source: 9News

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