UPDATE 30TH MAR 2021

a later change to the minister’s rules extended the period for the relaxed absence rules to 30th June 2021.

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2021L00226

UPDATED 30TH MAR 2020

NOTE : I am not a lawyer. Please get professional legal advice before doing anything rash.

SEE ALSO : The Gap v COVID 19

The legislation is here : https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2020C00071

The Minister’s rules are here : https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/F2017L01464

The amendment to the Minister’s Rules related to COVID 19 are here : https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2020L00295

Yellow highlighting below is mine.

The rules on claw back of trailing absences at the end of an enrolment are still in effect.

Extra Allowed Absences

From the 19th April 2020 children will have access to an additional 20 days of allowable absences before they need to use ‘additional absences’ , taking the total to 62 days. Until then the limit is 42 days.

Relaxed Additional Absence rules

Normally every time you use ‘Additional Absence’ for absences above the allowed limit (currently 42 but increasing to 62 temporarily on the 19th April) you must hold a doctors certificate.

The Ministers Rules have been amended with immediate effect to relax this requirement specifically in relation to COVID 19.

Marking Additional Absences on the Rolls

When editing sessions to change ‘Hrs Absence’ to ‘Hrs Additional Absence’, select reason, ie Child Ill or Local Emergency - Service Closed. There is a tick box to check to say you have evidence. Now that the Dept. has waived the requirement for evidence due to COVID19, they advise we still need to tick the checkbox for CCS to be paid.