Education and Childcare
The latest advice on school closures, information for VCE students, support for early childhood education and the care relief package.
Schooling arrangements in Victoria
Most Victorian students are being educated from home during this term to ensure that physical distancing will help slow the spread of coronavirus. The Victorian Government has announced free internet access and laptops will be provided for those students who need it most.
VCE students will still receive an ATAR score, but there will be a number of changes to the academic timetable for VCE and VCAL students:
- The GAT test will move from June to October or November
- End of year exams will be postponed until at least December
- School based assessment tasks will be reduced where possible to relieve some pressure on students as they move to remote and flexible learning arrangements
- Universities will be asked to delay the start of the 2021 university year to account for impacts of coronavirus on senior secondary students.
Early childhood education and care relief package
The government has announced free childcare starting from 6 April until 28 June. If you send your children to childcare during this period your childcare service should not charge you any fees, including out of pocket or gap fees. The usual means-testing arrangements do not apply during the coronavirus pandemic. If you choose to keep your children at home during the coronavirus pandemic they can remain enrolled without paying fees and keep their place for when the crisis is over.
If you need childcare during this time, you should:
- Enroll or re-enroll your child
- Keep your child enrolled
- Continue using child care as you need
- Confirm your child’s enrolment with Centrelink here
Child care services that remain open and have children enrolled during the pandemic will automatically receive a weekly payment to ensure they can continue to provide childcare services. These payments will replace existing payments, such as the Childcare Subsidy. The payment will be based on 50% of the usual revenue of each childcare centre and on the attendance figure that each centre had in the fortnight before 2 March 2020.
In addition, child care services should waive fees between 23 March and 5 April 2020 if a child was absent due to the impact of coronavirus.
This package is aimed at allowing childcare to be provided for free whilst parents are continuing to work. Priority will be given to working parents, vulnerable and disadvantaged children and parents with pre-existing enrolments.