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Dan Tehan said centres that see a reduction in attendance will receive top-up payments from the government, on top of the 25 per cent transition payment they are currently getting.

If attendance drops below 30 per cent centres will receive between 10 and 25 per cent.

“What this means overall, is that services, on average, will be getting revenue based on the pre-COVID fortnight, on average, between 80 to 85 per cent,” Mr Tehan said.

He echoed Scott Morrison’s guarantee this morning of a “triple guarantee” for the industry.

“For those parents who can’t send their children to care, there will be no cost to them. They’ll be able to keep their child enrolled,” Mr Tehan said.

“For those early childhood educators, we continue to have the employment guarantee in place.

“And then, also, what we’re doing is we’re providing certainty through keeping the child care subsidy on and available for providers.

“We understand that they will be getting the financial guarantee that they need to keep their services open through this pandemic.”

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