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Child Care Subsidy Secretary’s Rules 2017

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This instrument enables the operation of the new child care subsidy (CCS) payment and approval regime, including: making a claim for CCS; applications for provider and service approval; complying written arrangements; and requirements for providers to issue statements of entitlement to individuals, and to make and keep written records..
Administered by: Education and Training
Made 07 Nov 2017
Registered 13 Nov 2017
Tabled HR 04 Dec 2017
Tabled Senate 15 Nov 2017

Commonwealth Coat of Arms of Australia

 

Child Care Subsidy Secretary’s Rules 2017

 

I, MR DAVID LEARMONTH, Acting Secretary, Department of Education and Training, make the following Rules.

Dated 7 November 2017

 

 

MR DAVID LEARMONTH

Acting Secretary

Department of Education and Training

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                                        1

1............ Name............................................................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement............................................................................................................. 1

3............ Authority....................................................................................................................... 1

4............ Definitions..................................................................................................................... 1

Part 2—Payment of child care subsidy and additional child care subsidy                   3

5............ Additional requirements for when a claim for CCS is effective..................................... 3

Part 3—Approval of providers of child care services                                                                4

Division 1—Application for approval                                                                                            4

6............ Information to be contained in an application for approval............................................ 4

Division 2—Application to add or remove a service                                                             6

7............ Information to be contained in an application to add a service....................................... 6

8............ Information to be contained in an application to remove a service................................. 6

Part 4—Provider requirements                                                                                                               8

Division 1—Complying written arrangements                                                                          8

9............ Requirements for complying written arrangements....................................................... 8

Division 2—Requirement to give individuals statements of entitlement                      9

10.......... Additional information to be provided in statement of entitlement................................. 9

Division 3—Requirement to make records                                                                               11

11.......... Requirement for provider to make a written record of information or an event not otherwise recorded in writing   11

Division 4—Requirement to keep records                                                                                 12

12.......... Requirement to keep certain records............................................................................ 12

 


Part 1Preliminary

  

1  Name

                        These Rules are the Child Care Subsidy Secretary’s Rules 2017.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of these Rules specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

 

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of these Rules

 

Immediately after Schedule 1 to the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Act 2017 commences.

2 July 2018

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of these Rules as originally made. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of these Rules.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of these Rules. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of these Rules.

3  Authority

                   These Rules are made under subsection 85GB(2) of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999.

4  Definitions

                   In these Rules:

ABN has the meaning given by section 41 of the A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999.

Education and Care Services National Law, in relation to an entity or service in a State or Territory except Western Australia, means the law of that name set out in the Schedule to the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 (Vic), as adopted in that State or Territory, and in relation to an entity or service in Western Australia, means the Education and Care Services National Law (WA) Act 2012.

educator, in relation to a child care service in a State or Territory, means an educator within the meaning of the Education and Care Services National Law.

Family Assistance Act means the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999.

Family Assistance Administration Act means the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999.

FDC educator, in relation to an FDC service in a State or Territory, means a family day care educator within the meaning of the Education and Care Services National Law.

FDC service, in a State or Territory, means a family day care service within the meaning of the Education and Care Services National Law.

Note:          A term used in these Rules that is defined in the Family Assistance Act or the Family Assistance Administration Act has the same meaning as it has in the relevant Act (see subsection 3(2) of each of those Acts and paragraph 13(1)(b) of the Legislation Act 2003).

Part 2Payment of child care subsidy and additional child care subsidy

5  Additional requirements for when a claim for CCS is effective

             (1)  For paragraph 67BE(g) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, all of the following requirements must be satisfied in relation to a claim made by an individual who has previously received an amount of CCS during an income year that has ended before the claim (a test income year):

                     (a)  for all of the test income years, the individual, and any partner of the individual during any of the test income years:

                              (i)  has lodged their income tax return with the Commissioner of Taxation; or

                             (ii)  is not required to lodge an income tax return;

                     (b)  the individual, and any partner of the individual, during any of the test income years, did not owe a debt to the Commonwealth under section 71B, 71C or 71E of the Family Assistance Administration Act, unless, at the time of the claim, the debt:

                              (i)  has been fully repaid; or

                             (ii)  was written off or waived by the Secretary; or

                            (iii)  is being repaid by instalments under an arrangement entered into under section 91 of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

             (2)  If the only reason an individual’s claim is not effective under section 67BE of the Family Assistance Administration Act is that a requirement prescribed by subsection (1) of this section is not satisfied in relation to a partner of the individual who is no longer the individual’s partner, the requirement does not apply to the individual’s claim if the Secretary is satisfied it is appropriate in the circumstances.

Part 3Approval of providers of child care services

Division 1Application for approval

6  Information to be contained in an application for approval

                   For paragraph 194A(2)(b) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, an application for provider approval must include, where applicable, the following information about the applicant:

                     (a)  full legal name and proposed trading name as an approved provider;

                     (b)  an ABN, where it is required to hold one under the A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999;

                     (c)  any approval number issued under the Education and Care Services National Law, as it applies in a State or Territory, in relation to the applicant;

                     (d)  street and postal addresses (in the case of a company registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the address must match the address of the registered office or principal place of business);

                     (e)  representative name and contact details in respect of the application;

                      (f)  documentation sufficient to prove the applicant’s identity to the Secretary;

                     (g)  where the provider is applying in their capacity as a trustee of a trust, a copy of the relevant trust deed;

                     (h)  where the provider is registered with the Australian Charities and Not‑for‑profits Commission, details of its registration as publicly available on the Australian Charities and Not‑for‑profits Commission’s website;

                      (i)  the name and contact details for each person with management or control of the provider;

                      (j)  details of the working with children cards that will be required to be held under section 195D of the Family Assistance Administration Act from the time that section becomes applicable to the applicant;

                     (k)  all of the following in relation to each person with management or control of the provider:

                              (i)  where the person is an individual, a copy of the results of a bankruptcy search conducted through the Australian Financial Security Authority website;

                             (ii)  where the person is a company, a current and historical company extract obtained through the Australian Securities and Investments Commission website;

                            (iii)  where the person is an individual, a copy of the results of an Australian National Police Criminal History Check obtained from the relevant State or Territory police service or an agency accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, and obtained no more than 6 months prior to the date of the application;

                            (iv)  a current and historical personal name extract obtained through the Australian Securities and Investments Commission website;

                             (v)  evidence that the person does not appear on the banned and disqualified register held by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (in the form of a computer printout of the results of the search);

                      (l)  a declaration regarding any circumstance of the kind referred to in subsections 46(4) and (5) of the Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Rules 2017, including where no such circumstance exists;

                    (m)  the identity of any company that owns or controls the applicant;

                     (n)  for every service to be added to the provider’s approval, all of the following details:

                              (i)  the proposed name of the service—being, where a business name has been registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in respect of the service, that name;

                             (ii)  any approval number issued under the Education and Care Services National Law, as it applies in a State or Territory, in relation to an education and care service;

                            (iii)  the type of service being applied for, as referred to in subclause 2(3) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act;

                            (iv)  the physical address of the service where the service proposes to provide sessions of care; 

                             (v)  the name and contact details for each person responsible for the day‑to‑day operation of the service;

                            (vi)  in relation to each person responsible for the day‑to‑day operation of the service, where the person is an individual, an Australian National Police Criminal History Check obtained from the relevant State or Territory police service or an agency accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, and obtained no more than 6 months prior to the date of the application;

                           (vii)  where the application is made by a person proposing to operate an FDC service, a declaration that all proposed educators are fit and proper persons having regard to any prior actions involving fraud or dishonesty and their capacity to comply with the family assistance law.

Division 2Application to add or remove a service

7  Information to be contained in an application to add a service

                   For paragraph 196A(2)(b) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, an application to add a service to a provider’s approval must contain all of the following:

                     (a)  the unique provider approval number given to the provider by the Secretary;

                     (b)  the name and contact details for the provider’s representative in respect of the application;

                     (c)  for every service to be added to the provider’s approval:

                              (i)  the proposed name of the service—being, where a business name has been registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in respect of the service, that name;

                             (ii)  any approval number issued under the Education and Care Services National Law, as it applies in a State or Territory, in relation to an education and care service approval under that law;

                            (iii)  the type of service being applied for, as referred to in subclause 2(3) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act;

                            (iv)  the physical and postal address of the service where the service proposes to provide sessions of care; 

                             (v)  the name and contact details for each person responsible for the day‑to‑day operation of the service;

                            (vi)  in relation to each person responsible for the day‑to‑day operation of the service, where the person is an individual, an Australian National Police Criminal History Check obtained from the relevant State or Territory police service or an agency accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and obtained no more than 6 months prior to the date of the application;

                           (vii)  where the application is made by a person proposing to operate an FDC service, a declaration that all proposed educators are fit and proper persons having regard to any prior actions involving fraud or dishonesty and their capacity to comply with the family assistance law.

8  Information to be contained in an application to remove a service

                   For paragraph 196A(2)(b) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, an application to remove a service from a provider’s approval must contain all of the following:

                     (a)  the unique provider approval number given to the provider by the Secretary;

                     (b)  the name and contact details for the provider’s representative in respect of the application;

                     (c)  for every service which the provider is seeking to have removed from the provider’s approval, the following details:

                              (i)  the unique service approval number given to the provider by the Secretary;

                             (ii)  the reason for requesting the removal of the service;

                            (iii)  the requested end date for the service approval;

                            (iv)  where the provider is seeking to remove the service because it has sold the business performed by the service, details of the legal entity to whom the business was or is to be sold.

Part 4Provider requirements

Division 1Complying written arrangements

9  Requirements for complying written arrangements

                   For subsection 200B(3) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, an arrangement is a complying written arrangement where it expressly sets out, in writing, all of the following:

                     (a)  the names and contact details of the parties to the arrangement;

                     (b)  the date the arrangement was entered into;

                     (c)  the name and date of birth of the child to whom sessions of care are proposed to be provided;

                     (d)  whether care will be provided on a routine basis under the arrangement, and if so:

                              (i)  details about the days on which sessions of care will usually be provided; and

                             (ii)  usual start and end times for these sessions of care;

                     (e)  whether care may be provided on a casual or flexible basis under the arrangement (either in addition to, or instead of, being provided on a routine basis);

                      (f)  details about fees proposed to be charged to the individual for the sessions of care provided under the arrangement, which can be detailed by reference to other material (such as a fee schedule or information available on a website maintained by the provider) that the parties expressly understand may vary from time to time.

Note 1:       Paragraph 85BA(1)(b) of the Family Assistance Act provides that an individual is eligible for CCS where, among other requirements, the individual has incurred a liability to pay for a session of care under a complying written arrangement.  Such an arrangement must both comply with the requirements set out above and be stated in terms that clearly establish a liability to pay for sessions of care in order for an individual to be eligible for CCS for a session of care.

Note 2:       An arrangement can be in hardcopy or electronic form.

Division 2Requirement to give individuals statements of entitlement

Note:       Subsection 201D(3) of the Family Assistance Administration Act provides that (in addition to the requirements prescribed by section 10) a statement of entitlement must include the following:

(i)     the start and end dates of the statement period;

(ii)    the hourly session fee for each session of care provided by the service to the child in the statement period;

(iii)   the total of the fee reduction amounts for the fee reduction decisions for the individual of which the provider was given notice for the weeks in the statement period.

10  Additional information to be provided in statement of entitlement

                   For subparagraph 201D(3)(a)(iv) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, an approved child care provider must provide the following information in a statement given under subsection 201D(2) of that Act for any sessions of care provided to a child by the service during a statement period:

                     (a)  a breakdown, for each fee reduction decision, of amounts for each session of care and whether the decision related to a payment of CCS or ACCS;

                     (b)  the date of issue of the statement;

                     (c)  the name of the provider and any business name of the service registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission;

                     (d)  the ABN (if any) of the provider and, if the relevant service trades under a different ABN, that ABN;

                     (e)  any unique identifier assigned to the service and the provider by the Department;

                      (f)  the name of the individual to whom the statement is issued;

                     (g)  the name of the child to whom any sessions of care were provided during the statement period;

                     (h)  any unique identifier assigned by the Department to the enrolment of the child for care by the service;

                      (i)  daily and weekly totals of the number of hours of care provided during the statement period, including start and end times for each session of care and the start and end times of the child’s physical attendance;

                      (j)  for the statement period and cumulatively for the financial year until the date of issue of the statement—the sum of:

                              (i)  the number of days on which the service is taken to have provided a session of care to the child under subsection 10(2) of the Family Assistance Act; and

                             (ii) the number of days on which the service is taken to have provided a session of care to the child under subsection 10(3) of the Family Assistance Act;

                     (k)  daily and weekly totals of the amount of all fees charged by the provider for care provided during the statement period, including details about any discounting or refund applied in order to pass on fee reductions;

                      (l)  the number of hours of care during the statement period for which the fees were reduced or for which the individual otherwise received the benefit of a fee reduction amount (as referred to in section 201A of the Family Assistance Administration Act);

                    (m)  if care was provided by a service that was not a centre‑based day care service or an outside school hours care service during the statement period:

                              (i)  the name of each educator who provided care during the statement period and which sessions of care the educator provided; and

                             (ii)  any unique identifier assigned to each educator by the Department.

Division 3Requirement to make records

11  Requirement for provider to make a written record of information or an event not otherwise recorded in writing

                   For subparagraph 202A(1)(b)(iv) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, an approved provider must, in relation to the following matters, make a written record of information or an event of which it becomes aware, if the provider would not otherwise have a written record:

                     (a)  the giving of notice to a State or Territory body under section 204K of the Family Assistance Administration Act;

                     (b)  where an FDC educator provides care at premises other than the educator’s residence—the address and contact number of the premises;

                     (c)  copies of the evidence and information provided about persons with management or control of a provider and persons responsible for the day‑to‑day operation of a service required to be provided with an application for approval as referred to in paragraph 6(k) and subparagraph 6(n)(vi) of these Rules;

                     (d)  any evidence or information produced in order to comply with subsection 43(4) of the Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Rules 2017 (about police checks and working with children checks) and to support any statements made about police checks and working with children checks in an application for approval.

Division 4Requirement to keep records

12  Requirement to keep certain records

                   For paragraph 202B(1)(d) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, an approved provider must keep records in relation to the following matters:

                     (a)  copies of the evidence and information provided about persons with management or control of a provider and persons responsible for the day‑to‑day operation of a service provided with an application for approval as referred to in paragraph 6(k) and subparagraph 6(n)(vi) of these Rules;

                     (b)  any evidence or information produced in order to comply with subsection 43(4) of the Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Rules 2017 (about police checks and working with children checks) and to support any statements made about police checks and working with children checks in an application for approval;

                     (c)  records created in order to comply with any requirements imposed under section 204G of the Family Assistance Administration Act (requirements prescribed by Minister’s rules in relation to children who are members of a prescribed class);

                     (d)  any complaints made to the provider, or to any of the services of the provider, relating to compliance with the family assistance law;

                     (e)  record of attendance for each child to whom care is provided (regardless of eligibility for CCS and/or ACCS), including records of any absences from care;

                      (f)  any statements or other documents prepared or obtained by the service for the purpose of demonstrating that the criteria set out in subsection 10(3) of the Family Assistance Act are met (in relation to absences in excess of 42 days in a financial year);

                     (g)  copies of invoices and receipts issued to individuals in relation to the payment of child care fees for care provided by the service;

                     (h)  copies of any statements issued under section 201D of the Family Assistance Administration Act;

                      (i)  copies of any statements issued under section 201E of the Family Assistance Administration Act;

                      (j)  any other documentation required to be made to comply with a condition for continued approval set out in the Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Rules 2017.