It is important all approved child care services be aware of the changes.
Three changes were made. The changes strengthen the integrity of the child care payments and will help to ensure the delivery of high-quality, flexible and affordable child care to families.
Child care fee assistance is no longer payable for:
- care where there is not a genuine liability to pay fees
- care that is predominantly transport
- Family Day Care provided in the child's own home, or where the child's parent is present
- Family Day Care or In-Home Care provided by a parent or sibling.
Services must notify the Department when they become aware that a key personnel, staff member, Family Day Care educator or In-Home Care educator:
- is charged with or found guilty of a serious indictable offence
- becomes bankrupt
- has their working with children check (WWCC) refused, amended or cancelled.
Stronger suitability criteria have been introduced for certain people, including
- applicants for service approval,
- approved services and
- particular individuals associated with them.
The changes are made through the following Determinations:
- Child Care Benefit (Session of Care) Determination 2016
- Child Care Benefit (Children in respect of whom no-one is eligible) Amendment Determination 2016
- Child Care Benefit (Eligibility of Child Care Services for Approval and Continued Approval) Amendment Determination 2016
More information on the changes and how to meet the new suitability requirements can be found in the General guidance for suitability under Family Assistance Law document.
The following resources provide more information regarding the new compliance measures.
- Overview Fact Sheet
- 'Ineligible care' and 'ineligible children' Fact Sheet
- Notifiable events Fact Sheet
- Suitability Fact Sheet
- Information for families Fact Sheet
If you have any questions about these new legislative changes, please email email@example.com