15 June 2022

Help children in your care stay safe from the flu


It’s winter-time again which means flu season has arrived.

Children, particularly those under 5, are especially vulnerable to influenza.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment is asking educators and services to display influenza information in their homes and services, to promote flu-safe health and hygiene practices amongst families.

You can access the Department of Health flu resources here.

Hard-copy promotional materials on flu vaccinations (free for children from 6 months to under 5) have also been mailed to services, though you can order more copies or print their own through the Department’s website here.

New CCS eligibility rule beginning soon for families

From 11 July 2022, children who haven’t used care at least once in 26 weeks will no longer be eligible for CCS.

Children who haven’t attended care since 10 January 2022 will lose their eligibility from 11 July 2022. The rule will then apply on an ongoing basis.

Families can submit a new CCS claim if their child re-commences care.

What do I need to do?

Services Australia has notified impacted families so there is no need to take action.

If families at your service want more information about their eligibility or entitlement for CCS, we recommend directing them to:

Families need to reconcile CCS before End of Financial Year

At the end of each financial year, Services Australia reconciles family payments, including Child Care Subsidy (CCS). This is to ensure families receive the correct amount of assistance for the year.

Families need to confirm their income after the end of the financial year for this to occur. You can help families in your care by reminding them to confirm their income.

All families must confirm their 2020–21 income before the first deadline on 30 June 2022.

If they don’t, their CCS will stop, meaning they’ll need to pay full fees.

How to confirm income

Families can confirm their income by:

  • lodging their tax return; or
  • telling Services Australia they don’t need to lodge a tax return. 

FDCA 2022 National Conference Countdown: Last month to access payment plan

There’s still time to access our two-month payment plan!

Delegates at the 2022 National Conference will have access to a program full of professional learning and networking opportunities, along with the chance to experience Tasmania's hidden gems.

To split your ticket into two payments of $312 and start planning your conference experience, click here.

Win a FREE ticket

We’re giving away three full registration tickets to the FDCA 2022 National Conference.

To enter the draw, click here and answer the question below:

How many times has the FDCA National Conference been held?

HINT: you’ll find the answer to the question on the FDCA website.

University of Wollongong research study - mental health for new mothers and the effects of team-based sports

Take part in a national study on the engagement of new mothers in team sports.

The project will focus on how mothers view themselves both physically and mentally, the social supports available to them, and the importance of community more broadly in raising children.

Educators and service staff with young children who participate in team-based or competitive sports are encouraged to take part in the survey.

If you have a spare 20 minutes, follow the link here to participate in the two-part study, or save it to complete later.Participation is confidential and all answers will be de-identified prior to publication.

If you have any questions about the research, please contact the chief investigator Dr Caitlin Liddelow at