In other words, some Family Day Care operators were 'swapping' their children between each other to receive child care payments from the Government.
Child swapping goes against the intention of child care payments. So, the Australian Government made changes to the law to end the practice, to make the child care fee assistance system fairer.
The changes applied from 12 October 2015, with further changes applied from 13 March 2017. They affect approved Family Day Care services and individuals entitled to child care fee assistance payments who were child swapping.
This measure is an important step in the Government's strategy to address non-compliance and improve practice in the sector. It complements the legislative changes introduced in 2016 and 2017 to improve integrity, transparency, strengthen child safety and apply conditions consistently across the states and the Commonwealth.
The following documents provide further information regarding the child swapping integrity measure:
- Family Day Care Legislation Changes – Child Swapping Fact Sheet (updated to include the changes from 13 March 2017)
- Family Day Care Legislation Changes – Operational Guide (updated to include the changes from 13 March 2017)
- Family Day Care Legislation Changes – Specified Circumstance Information Request
- Family Day Care Legislation Changes – Register of Specified Circumstances (updated to include the changes from 13 March 2017)
- Family Day Care Legislation Changes - Child Swapping Frequently Asked Questions