Updates from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has provided information about the following topics:
The Higher Education Relief Package, which will support workers displaced by the pandemic to upskill or retrain, while also supporting universities and other providers of higher education to continue teaching
The Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package – Exceptional Circumstances Supplementary Payment, which is available to providers / services needing a ‘top up’ on the Early Childhood Education and Care Package payment in order to remain viable.
Telecommunications relief package
NBN Co will provide $150 million in financial relief to internet providers to assist families and businesses to stay connected through the agreement of telecommunication hardship principles.
Aviation industry support
The Australian Government will support Qantas and Virgin Australia Groups to operate a minimum domestic network.
Support for regional and small publishers
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has brought forward the release of the 2020 round of the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund. Applications will now open in late April.
Source: Regional Development Australia. https://www.rda.gov.au/