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Child Care Subsidy Minister's Rules 2017

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This instrument prescribes permitted absences; key additional child care subsidy (ACCS) eligibility requirements; recognised activities and circumstances in which an individual may receive a deemed activity test result for hours of subsidised care; and when a provider or a person related to a provider or service is a fit and proper person for approval purposes. The Minister’s rules also set out additional conditions for continued approval, modifications of the primary Acts, and transitional rules.
Administered by: Education, Skills and Employment
Registered 28 May 2020
Start Date 19 Apr 2020
End Date 28 Apr 2020

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Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Rules 2017

 

 

made under subsection 85GB(1) of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999; subsection 194(5) of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 (as in force before 2 July 2018); and item 12 of Schedule 4 to the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Act 2017.

Compilation No. 10

Compilation date:                               19 April 2020

Includes amendments up to:               Child Care Subsidy Amendment (Coronavirus Response Measures No. 2) Minister’s Rules 2020. [F2020L00406]

Registered:                                         28 May 2020

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Child Care Subsidy Minister's Rules 2017 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 19 April 2020 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

For more information about any editorial changes made in this compilation, see the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Self‑repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.


 

Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                                        1

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                        1

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

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

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

Division 2—Interpretative matters                                                                                                 4

5............ Determining that an individual is taken to be an Australian resident.............................. 4

5A......... What constitutes a session of care?............................................................................... 4

5AA...... Particular event or circumstance—COVID‑19.............................................................. 4

5AB...... Reasons for additional absences—when no medical certificate required....................... 5

6............ Reasons for additional absences.................................................................................... 5

7............ Child care service payments.......................................................................................... 7

7A......... Meaning of ceases to operate any approved child care service..................................... 7

7B......... Meaning of ceases to operate a child care service......................................................... 7

Part 2—Eligibility for child care subsidy and additional child care subsidy               8

Division 1—Circumstances where no one is eligible for a session of care                 8

8............ Prescribed circumstances where no eligibility for a session of care............................... 8

Division 1AA—Requirements for eligibility for kinds of approved child care services                13

8AA...... In home care services.................................................................................................. 13

Division 1A—Prescribed classes of children for eligibility for CCS or ACCS      14

8A......... Purpose of prescribing classes of children in this Division......................................... 14

8B......... Children 13 years or under who are attending secondary school who do not have a prescribed disability or prescribed medical condition......................................................................................................... 14

8C......... Children who have a prescribed disability or prescribed medical condition................. 14

8D......... Conditions in relation to the classes of children prescribed in sections 8B and 8C...... 15

Division 2—When children are at risk of serious abuse or neglect for ACCS (child wellbeing)              16

9............ Circumstances in which a child is taken to be at risk of serious abuse or neglect—child at risk of suffering harm  16

10.......... Circumstances in which a child is taken to be at risk of serious abuse or neglect—child in need of care etc. under State or Territory law................................................................................................................ 16

11.......... Circumstances in which a child is not taken to be at risk of serious abuse or neglect.. 17

Division 3—Temporary financial hardship                                                                               18

12.......... Circumstances in which an individual is taken to be experiencing temporary financial hardship              18

Division 4—Transition to work                                                                                                       19

13.......... Additional eligibility requirements for ACCS (transition to work).............................. 19

14.......... Additional eligibility requirements for individuals who ceased receiving transition to work payment fewer than 12 weeks ago............................................................................................................................... 23

15.......... Transition to work payments....................................................................................... 23

Division 5—Requirements for eligibility for in home care                                               24

15A....... In home care provided to multiple children.................................................................. 24

15B....... Additional eligibility requirements............................................................................... 24

Part 3—Amount of child care subsidy and additional child care subsidy                   26

Division 1—Hourly rate of child care subsidy                                                                        26

15C....... Hourly session fee—third party payments for child in vulnerable or disadvantaged circumstances         26

16.......... Determining hourly rate cap that applies for a session of care..................................... 26

16A....... Prescribed payments for determining hourly session fee............................................. 27

Division 2—Circumstances for election                                                                                      29

17.......... Election of allocation of claimant’s fortnightly entitlement between services attended by the child          29

Division 3—Recognised activities                                                                                                   30

Subdivision A—General                                                                                                                   30

18.......... Application—unlawful purposes................................................................................. 30

Subdivision B—Additional activities                                                                                             30

19.......... Unpaid work experience.............................................................................................. 30

20.......... Unpaid work in a family business............................................................................... 30

21.......... Voluntary work........................................................................................................... 31

22.......... Actively looking for work........................................................................................... 31

23.......... Actively setting up a business..................................................................................... 32

Subdivision C—Associated activities                                                                                             32

24.......... Preparing for paid work.............................................................................................. 32

25.......... Leave from paid work................................................................................................. 33

26.......... Training course—self‑directed study........................................................................... 33

27.......... Training course—break in course................................................................................ 34

28.......... Approved course of education or study—self‑directed study...................................... 34

29.......... Approved course of education or study—break in course........................................... 35

Subdivision D—Hours during which activities are engaged in                                               35

30.......... Individual engages in paid work over variable hours.................................................. 35

Division 4—Minister’s rules result                                                                                                37

31.......... Scope........................................................................................................................... 37

32.......... Individuals with disabilities or impairments................................................................ 37

33.......... Individual temporarily outside Australia...................................................................... 37

34.......... Individual in gaol or psychiatric confinement.............................................................. 37

35.......... Individual or an individual’s partner is a grandparent or great‑grandparent................. 37

36.......... Individual receiving a carer payment........................................................................... 37

37.......... Individual providing constant care............................................................................... 38

38.......... Individual receiving a carer allowance......................................................................... 38

39.......... Individual receiving a newstart allowance, youth allowance, parenting payment or special benefit          38

40.......... Child attending early educational program at a centre‑based day care service.............. 39

Part 3A—Withholding Amount                                                                                                            40

40A....... Prescribed percentage.................................................................................................. 40

Part 4—Approval of provider of child care services                                                                41

Division 1—Application for approval                                                                                          41

41.......... Cut‑off date for applications for approval under the family assistance law before the commencement day              41

42.......... Who may apply for approval....................................................................................... 41

Division 2—Provider eligibility rules                                                                                           42

43.......... Additional rules for provider eligibility....................................................................... 42

Division 3—Service eligibility rules                                                                                               44

44.......... Additional prescribed matters for service eligibility..................................................... 44

45.......... Additional criteria for service eligibility rules.............................................................. 44

Division 4—Fit and proper person considerations                                                                46

46.......... Additional matters to take into account........................................................................ 46

Division 5—Conditions for continued approval                                                                     47

46A....... Minimum operating periods for approved child care services—suspension on request 47

47.......... Provision of care by an FDC educator to relatives...................................................... 47

47A....... Approved provider must give certain information about third party payments............ 47

48.......... Approved child care services must continue to be operated by approved provider and as the same service type     48

48A....... Additional conditions for continued approval for approved providers of in home care services              48

49.......... Additional conditions for continued approval for child care services to which section 50 applies            50

Division 5A—Allocation of places to in home care services                                            53

49A....... Application of Division............................................................................................... 53

49AA.... What constitutes a child care place?............................................................................. 53

49B....... Matters to be taken into account in allocating places.................................................... 53

49C....... Maximum amount of child care places that can be allocated........................................ 53

Division 6—Certain child care services not required to meet State/Territory requirements    54

50.......... Certain providers not required to meet State/Territory requirements............................ 54

51.......... Certain providers not subject to minimum operating period........................................ 55

Division 7— Consequences of breach of conditions for continued approval          56

52.......... Matters the Secretary must take into account in exercising the power to impose a sanction on an approved provider.................................................................................................................................... 56

53.......... Matters the Secretary must have regard to in specifying the day of effect of a revocation of a suspension              57

Division 8—Backdating of approvals etc.                                                                                  58

54.......... Modifications dealing with backdated approval........................................................... 58

Part 5—Provider requirements                                                                                                             59

Division 1A—Exemption from enforcing payment of hourly session fees                59

54A....... Exemption for COVID‑19.......................................................................................... 59

Division 1—Requirement to notify Secretary of certain matters                                 60

55.......... Matters that must be notified to the Secretary.............................................................. 60

Division 2—Requirements in relation to children of a prescribed class of sessions of care for which there is no eligibility for CCS                                                                                              65

56.......... Requirements in relation to care given at FDC services to children of FDC educators 65

Part 6—Business continuity payments                                                                                              66

Division 1—General                                                                                                                              66

57AA.... Application.................................................................................................................. 66

57.......... Circumstances in which a business continuity payment may be made......................... 66

58.......... Method of determining payment amount..................................................................... 66

59.......... Weekly amount where the provider has previously received a fee reduction amount in respect of the service         66

60.......... Weekly amount where the provider has not previously received a fee reduction amount in respect of the service   67

Division 2—Coronavirus response business continuity payments                                68

60A....... Application.................................................................................................................. 68

60B....... Definition.................................................................................................................... 68

60C....... Circumstances in which a business continuity payment may be made......................... 68

60D....... Method of determining payment amount..................................................................... 68

60E........ Base weekly amount where service received a fee reduction amount during reference fortnight              69

60F........ Supplementary amounts.............................................................................................. 69

Part 6A—Application, savings and transitional provisions                                                  70

Division 1—Amendments made by the Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Amendment (Building on the Child Care Package and Other Measures) Rules 2020                                         70

60A....... Definitions................................................................................................................... 70

60B....... Application—additional criteria for eligibility for ACCS payments............................ 70

Part 7—Transitional rules for the Jobs for Families Act                                                       71

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                      71

61.......... Nature of transitional rules.......................................................................................... 71

Division 2—Continuity of certain matters                                                                                 72

62.......... Continuity of absences................................................................................................ 72

62A....... Continuity of immunisation grace period during transition.......................................... 72

Division 3—Limitations and other matters                                                                               74

63.......... Limitation on amendments to attendance reports......................................................... 74

64.......... Certain operators of existing approved child care services not deemed to be approved providers under the family assistance law.............................................................................................................. 74

65.......... Special rate of child care benefit for periods prior to commencement day................... 74

66.......... Limitations on determinations of temporary financial hardship................................... 75

67.......... Debts arising from overpayments made before the commencement day...................... 75

67A....... Outstanding enrolment advances after the commencement day................................... 75

68.......... Lump sum payments in respect of sessions of care before the commencement day.... 76

Division 4—Determining deemed claims for CCS                                                                 77

69.......... Deemed claims for CCS that cannot be determined before 24 September 2018.......... 77

Division 4A—Determinations for ACCS (child wellbeing) during transition period      77

69A....... Determinations for ACCS (child wellbeing) during transition period......................... 77

Division 5—Backdating applications for ACCS (grandparent)                                     78

70.......... ACCS (grandparent) applications made on or before 23 September 2018.................. 78

Division 6—Arrangements and enrolments of children prior to the commencement day           78

71.......... Pre‑commencement arrangements taken to be complying written arrangements.......... 78

Division 7—Certain notices and reports taken to have been given                             79

72.......... Enrolment notices given late........................................................................................ 79

73.......... Attendance reports given late....................................................................................... 80

Division 8—Compliance processes after the commencement day in respect of prior conduct 80

74.......... Notices intending to impose a sanction........................................................................ 80

75.......... Sanctions after the commencement day in respect of prior breaches............................ 81

Division 9—Continuation of conditions for continued approval                                   81

76.......... Conditions for continued approval that applied prior to commencement day............... 81

Division 10—Modifications to working with children card requirements                81

77.......... Working with children card details required in relation to certain individuals.............. 81

Schedule 1—Diagnosed conditions                                                                                      83

Schedule 2—Diagnosed conditions                                                                                      86

Endnotes                                                                                                                                                               87

Endnote 1—About the endnotes................................................................................................. 87

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key.................................................................................................... 88

Endnote 3—Legislation history.................................................................................................. 89

Endnote 4—Amendment history................................................................................................ 90


Part 1Preliminary

Division 1Preliminary

1  Name

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

3  Authority

                   These Rules are made under the following:

                     (a)  subsection 85GB(1) of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999;

                     (b)  subsection 194(5) of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 (as in force before 2 July 2018);

                     (c)  item 12 of Schedule 4 to the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Act 2017.

4  Definitions

                   In these Rules:

at risk has the meaning given by section 9 (Circumstances in which a child is taken to be at risk of serious abuse or neglect—child at risk of suffering harm).

attends school has the meaning given by section 16 (Determining hourly rate cap that applies for a session of care).

business continuity payment has the meaning given by section 57 (Method of determining payment amount).

business continuity payment means a payment under section 205A of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

commencement day means the same day as Schedule 1 to the Jobs for Families Act commences.

customer reference number (or CRN) means the unique identifier given to an individual by the Department administering the Human Services (Centrelink) Act 1997 to identify the individual for the purposes of social security and family assistance payments.

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.

Education and Care Services National Regulations, in relation to an entity or service in a State or Territory except in Western Australia, means the Education and Care Services National Regulations (NSW), as adopted in that State or Territory, and in relation to an entity or service in Western Australia, means the regulations made under 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 or, to the extent that the context permits reference to an individual who provides child care at an IHC service, an IHC educator.

eligible disability child has the meaning given by section 8.

eligible ISP child has the meaning given by section 8.

estimated number of children in care for the week has the meaning given by section 60 (Weekly amount where service has not previously received a fee reduction amount).

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.

government agency means:

                     (a)  the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or

                     (b)  an authority of the Commonwealth or of a State or a Territory.

harm has the meaning given by section 9 (Circumstances in which a child is taken to be at risk of serious abuse or neglect—child at risk of suffering harm).

health agency has the meaning given by section 54A.

                   IHC educator means an individual employed, contracted or otherwise engaged by an approved provider for the purposes of providing child care by an IHC service.

IHC service is short for in home care service.

                   IHC Support Agency has the same meaning as In Home Care Support Agency given by subsection 49B(2).

immediate family member has the meaning given by section 20.

Jobs for Families Act means the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Act 2017.

multiple child session of care means a session of care provided by an in home care service to more than one child.

neglect has the meaning given by section 9 (Circumstances in which a child is taken to be at risk of serious abuse or neglect—child at risk of suffering harm).

period of local emergency has the meaning given by section 6 (Reasons for additional absences).

relevant person has the meaning given by section 6.

remote area child has the meaning given by section 8.

registered training organisation has the same meaning as in the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011.

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).

Division 2Interpretative matters

5  Determining that an individual is taken to be an Australian resident

             (1)  Under subsection 8(3) of the Family Assistance Act, for paragraph 8(1)(a) of that Act, the Secretary must have regard to the following matters in considering whether hardship would be caused to an individual if the individual were not treated as an Australian resident:

                     (a)  whether the individual has, since arriving in Australia, experienced an event which was not reasonably foreseeable and which has substantially reduced her or his ability to pay child care fees; and

                     (b)  if so:

                              (i)  how long ago that event occurred; and

                             (ii)  the continuing effect of the event in causing hardship if the individual were not treated as an Australian resident; and

                            (iii)  whether it is in the best interests of the child to attend child care.

             (2)  However, for paragraph (1)(a), the following events are not to be considered:

                     (a)  currency fluctuations;

                     (b)  an increase in fees charged by an approved child care service;

                     (c)  a reduction in an individual’s available income due to routine or unnecessary expenditure.

5A  What constitutes a session of care?

             (1)  For the purposes of subsection 9(1) of the Family Assistance Act, this section prescribes what constitutes a session of care for the purposes of that Act.

             (2)  A session of care is the minimum period of time in respect of which an approved provider imposes a liability on an individual by charging a fee for providing child care by an approved child care service.

             (3)  A session of care:

                     (a)  may start on one day and end on the next day; and

                     (b)  may be of any length up to, but not exceeding, 12 hours.

Note:          Section 8 of these Rules sets out circumstances in which there is no eligibility for CCS for a session of care, including where during any part of the session, the child is attending school, or engaged in a formal schooling program (including a home schooling or distance education program). As a result, sessions of before and after school care should not be reported to overlap with the child’s school hours.

             (4)  A session of care that starts on one day (the first day) and ends on the next day is to be treated, for the purposes of the Family Assistance Act, as having occurred on the first day.

5AA  Particular event or circumstance—COVID‑19

             (1)  This section sets out, for the purposes of subparagraph 10(2)(c)(ii) and subsection 10(2AA) of the Family Assistance Act, conditions relating to a particular event or circumstance to be met in order for a child care service to be taken to have provided a session of care to a child on a day in a financial year.

Particular event or circumstance

             (2)  The particular event or circumstance is the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Condition

             (3)  The condition is that, had the child attended the session of care, the session would have been provided by the child care service to the child in the 2019‑2020 financial year.

Number of days for COVID‑19 pandemic

             (4)  The number of days prescribed for the COVID‑19 pandemic for the 2019‑2020 financial year is 19 days.

Note:          As a result of subsection 10(2) of the Family Assistance Act, in the 2019‑2020 financial year, because of the COVID‑19 pandemic, a child will be able to have up to 20 extra allowable absence days from a child care service (and so will have 62 allowable absence days).

5AB  Reasons for additional absences—when no medical certificate required

                   For the purposes of subsection 10(3A) of the Family Assistance Act, paragraph 10(3)(e) of that Act does not apply to require a certificate in relation to the absence of a child for an illness if:

                     (a)  the person referred to in paragraph 10(4)(a) or (b) of that Act with the illness reports symptoms similar to the symptoms of COVID‑19; and

                     (b)  the day is on or before 31 December 2020.

6  Reasons for additional absences

             (1)  For paragraph 10(4)(e) of the Family Assistance Act, a child care service is taken to have provided a session of care to a child on a day in a financial year where the absence on that day is directly due to one of the following reasons:

                     (a)  where:

                              (i)  the child has not been immunised against a particular infectious disease; and

                             (ii)  the absence occurs during an immunisation grace period in respect of the child (see subsection 67CD(9) of the Family Assistance Administration Act); and

                            (iii)  the provider of the service holds a written statement given by a medical practitioner which certifies that exposure to the infectious disease would pose a health risk to the child;

                     (b)  where:

                              (i)  the provider of the service holds a copy of a court order (including a parenting order within the meaning of section 64B of the Family Law Act 1975), a registered parenting plan or a parenting plan in relation to the child; and

                             (ii)  that order or plan requires the child to spend time with a person other than the individual in whose care the child usually is; and

                            (iii)  the absence occurs because the child spends time with that other person;

                     (c)  where the service is closed as a direct result of a period of local emergency;

                     (d)  where the child cannot attend as a direct result of a period of local emergency (for example, because they are unable to travel to the service), if:

                              (i)  the period is still underway; or

                             (ii)  the period ended not more than 28 days before the absence;

                     (e)  where the absence is due to the individual in whose care the child is, deciding the child should not attend the service for up to seven days immediately following the end of a period of local emergency;

                      (f)  where a relevant person has decided the child’s attendance on the day would put the child or any other person at risk of contracting COVID‑19, and:

                              (i)  the absence occurs during a period that is reasonable, having regard to information and advice published from time to time by a government agency; and

                             (ii)  the day is on or before 31 December 2020; and

                            (iii)  the absence is not for an illness referred to in paragraph 10(4)(a) or (b) of the Family Assistance Act.

          (1A)  For the purposes of paragraph (1)(f), a relevant person may make a decision about a child’s attendance in relation to the child specifically or by reference to a class of children.

Note:          For example, a government agency may make a decision about a child’s attendance by ordering the child’s child care service to close as a result of the COVID‑19 pandemic.

             (2)  In these Rules:

period of local emergency means a period in respect of which :

                     (a)  an event has occurred which:

                              (i)  affects a widespread area; and

                             (ii)  has a severe impact on the lives of a significant number of the inhabitants of the area; and

                            (iii)  prevents, or may prevent, children from attending the service, or may make such attendance hazardous; or

                     (b)  a disaster declaration (however described) is made by a state emergency service, the police, or another Commonwealth, State or Territory agency and the disaster prevents, or may prevent, children from attending the service, or may make attendance hazardous.

relevant person in relation to a child means:

                     (a)  the individual in whose care the child is or usually is; or

                     (b)  a child care service that provides sessions of care to the child; or

                     (c)  a medical practitioner for the child; or

                     (d)  a government agency.

7  Child care service payments

                   For paragraph (b) of the definition of child care service payment in subsection 3(1) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, any payments made under a funding agreement associated with the following grant programs are prescribed:

                     (a)  the Community Child Care Fund (under item 110 in Part 4 of Schedule 1AB to the Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Regulations 1997);

                     (b)  the Inclusion Support Programme (under item 109 in Part 4 of Schedule 1AB to the Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Regulations 1997);

                     (c)  the Interim Home Based Carer Subsidy Pilot Programme (under item 108 in Part 4 of Schedule 1AB to the Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Regulations 1997);

                     (d)  In Home Care Support (under item 267 in Part 4 of Schedule 1AB to the Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Regulations 1997).

7A  Meaning of ceases to operate any approved child care service

             (1)  For the purposes of section 197H of the Family Assistance Administration Act, a provider ceases to operate all the approved child care services of the provider if one or more of the following circumstances applies to the provider:

                     (a)  all approved services of the provider cease to provide child care and the Secretary is satisfied that the provider does not intend to resume providing child care;

                     (b)  if the provider is a body corporate—the body corporate is deregistered (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001);

                     (c)  if the provider is a partnership—the partnership is dissolved;

                     (d)  if the provider is an entity or body prescribed by the Minister’s rules for the purposes of paragraph 194A(1)(d) of the Family Assistance Administration Act—the body or entity ceases to exist;

                     (e)  if the provider is an individual—the individual dies;

                      (f)  the Secretary is satisfied that the provider no longer directly controls, manages or directs the provision of child care provided by the provider.

             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph (1)(a), disregard subsection 601AH(5) of the Corporations Act 2001 (about reinstatement after deregistration).

7B  Meaning of ceases to operate a child care service

                   For the purposes of section 197J of the Family Assistance Administration Act, a provider ceases to operate an approved child care service of the provider if one or more of the following circumstances applies to the service:

                     (a)  the service ceases to provide child care and the Secretary is satisfied that the provider does not intend that the service will resume providing child care;

                     (b)  the Secretary is satisfied that the provider no longer directly controls, manages or directs the provision of child care provided by the service.

Part 2Eligibility for child care subsidy and additional child care subsidy

Division 1Circumstances where no one is eligible for a session of care

8  Prescribed circumstances where no eligibility for a session of care

             (1)  For subparagraph 85BA(1)(c)(iii) of the Family Assistance Act, the following are circumstances in which a session of care is provided for which there is no eligibility for CCS:

                     (a)  where the care is provided aboard a transportation vehicle (such as a bus), unless the transport is merely incidental to a session of care being provided (such as to take children on an outing);

                     (b)  except for care provided by an IHC service, where the care is provided in a domestic living arrangement on residential premises where:

                              (i)  the care is provided in the child’s own home; or

                             (ii)  an individual for whom the child is an FTB child or a regular care child (including a parent of the child) remains present at the location where the care is being provided, whilst the care is taking place;

                     (c)  where the session of care is provided by an individual as referred to in section 195D of the Family Assistance Administration Act (conditions for continued approval—working with children check), in circumstances where the provider:

                              (i)  is in breach of that section by not ensuring that an individual covered by the section has a current working with children check; or

                             (ii)  fails to provide evidence of a working with children check if requested to do so by the Secretary under section 43 of these Rules; or

                            (iii)  fails to comply with the requirement at item 17 of the table in section 55 of these Rules to notify the Secretary of changes in the status of a current working with children check within 24 hours after the provider becomes aware of the change of status;

                     (d)  where the session of care is provided by an FDC service to a child who is an FTB child or regular care child of an FDC educator, or a partner of an FDC educator, and where the session occurs on a day that the FDC educator provides care at an FDC service, unless one of the circumstances in subsection (2) apply;

                   (da)  where the session of care is provided by an IHC service to a child who is an FTB child or regular care child of an IHC educator, or a partner of an IHC educator, and where the session occurs on a day that the IHC educator provides care at an IHC service;

                     (e)  where the session of care is provided to children who are in the relationships with an FDC educator of the service, or their partner, as set out in subsection (3), who provides the care at an FDC service;

                    (ea)  except where subsection (4A) applies, where the session of care is provided by an IHC educator to children who are in one of the relationships, as set out below, with the IHC educator, or their partner:

                              (i)  FTB child;

                             (ii)  regular care child;

                            (iii)  foster care child;

                            (iv)  biological or adopted child;

                             (v)  brother, sister, half‑brother, half‑sister, step‑brother or step‑sister;

                            (vi)  grandchild or great‑grandchild;

                           (vii)  nephew, niece or cousin;

                          (viii)  a child (not mentioned in subparagraphs (i) to (vii)) for whom the IHC educator or their partner has legal responsibility, as described in paragraph 22(5)(a) or (b) of the Family Assistance Act;

                      (f)  where, during any part of the session, the child is attending school, or engaged in a formal schooling program (including a home schooling or distance education program);

                     (g)  where the session of care is taken to have been provided on a day covered by subsection (4B).

             (2)  The circumstances for paragraph (1)(d) are:

                     (a)  the child is an eligible disability child of the individual; or

                     (b)  the child is an eligible ISP child of the individual; or

                     (c)  the child is a remote area child of the individual; or

                     (d)  the FDC educator:

                              (i)  is required to work for at least 2 hours on the care day in paid work which is not for an approved FDC service; and

                             (ii)  has provided documentary evidence, in accordance with subsection (4), to the provider of the FDC service that the FDC educator is usually required to work at the time the session of care is provided; or

                     (e)  the FDC educator:

                              (i)  is enrolled in a program or course of education or training towards a recognised qualification (at Certificate III level or above) provided by a registered training organisation; and

                             (ii)  is engaged in scheduled activities for the purposes of the program or course on the care day that overlap with the session of care; and

                            (iii)  has provided documentary evidence, in accordance with subsection (4), to the provider of the FDC service that the FDC educator usually studies at the time the session of care is provided.

             (3)  The relationships for paragraph (1)(e) are where the child is one (or more) of the following with respect to the FDC educator or the partner of the FDC educator:

                     (a)  FTB child;

                     (b)  regular care child;

                     (c)  foster care child;

                     (d)  biological or adopted child;

                     (e)  brother, sister, half‑brother, half‑sister, step‑brother or step‑sister;

                      (f)  a child (not mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (e)) for whom the FDC educator or partner has legal responsibility, as described in paragraph 22(5)(a) or (b) of the Family Assistance Act.

             (4)  Documentary evidence is provided in accordance with this subsection where:

                     (a)  it has been provided by the time that the provider is required to submit an attendance report under section 204B of the Family Assistance Administration Act for the first session of care to which the evidence relates; and

                     (b)  the provider has met the requirements to keep a register, as set out in section 56 of these Rules, in relation to the evidence; and

                     (c)  if the evidence relates to the requirement to work referred to in subparagraph 8(2)(d)(ii), the evidence is an employment contract or a payslip, showing usual hours of work (but where the contract or payslip does not show usual hours of work, a letter signed by the relevant employer is required stating usual hours of work); and

                     (d)  if the evidence relates to the study referred to in subparagraph 8(2)(e)(iii), the evidence is a copy of an enrolment form detailing the times that the individual is usually required to study (but where the form does not provide such details, it must be supplemented with additional documentary evidence, such as an official course timetable).

          (4A)  This subsection applies where:

                     (a)  an IHC Support Agency has made a recommendation that the session of care should be one in respect to which an individual is eligible; and

                     (b)  the premises at which the session of care is provided is in an area designated as ‘very remote Australia’ in accordance with the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Volume 5 – Remoteness Structure, July 2016 (cat. no. 1270.0.55.005), as published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics; and

                     (c)  there is no IHC educator reasonably available who is not in the relationships with children described in paragraph (1)(ea); and

                     (d)  the child is:

                              (i)  the grandchild, great‑grandchild, nephew, niece or cousin of the IHC educator or the educator’s partner; or

                             (ii)  the foster grandchild, foster great‑grandchild, foster nephew, foster niece or foster cousin of the IHC educator or the educator’s partner.

          (4B)  For the purposes of paragraph (1)(g), a day is covered by this subsection if:

                     (a)  on the day, a session of care is not provided because the child care service that would otherwise provide that session is closed; and

                     (b)  the child care service is closed for a reason other than:

                              (i)  a public holiday (other than a public holiday to which subsection (4C) applies); or

                             (ii)  a period of local emergency.

          (4C)  This subsection applies to a public holiday if:

                     (a)  the public holiday occurs in a period of 2 or more consecutive days (disregarding Saturday and Sunday) in which a child care service is closed; and

                     (b)  at least one of the days in that period is not a public holiday.

             (5)  In this section:

eligible disability child of an individual means:

                     (a)  a child of the individual who has been diagnosed by a medical practitioner as suffering from one or more of the conditions listed in Schedule 1; or

                     (b)  a child of the individual who has been diagnosed as suffering from one or more of the conditions listed in Schedule 2 by a psychologist who:

                              (i)  is registered with a Board established under a law of a State or Territory that registers psychologists in that State or Territory; and

                             (ii)  has qualifications or experience in assessing impairment in children;

and where:

                     (c)  documentary evidence of the diagnosis has been provided to the provider of the service providing care to the child in accordance with subsection (4); and

                     (d)  the diagnosis was obtained within a period of 24 months prior to the provision of the documentary evidence to the provider of the service, unless the diagnosis is, or is likely to be, permanent.

eligible ISP child of an individual means a child of the individual in respect of whom an approved child care service that is an FDC service is receiving funding, under a funding agreement entered into under the auspices of the Commonwealth Inclusion Support Programme, of IDF Family Day Care Top Up (as referred to in the Inclusion Support Programme Guidelines 2016‑2017 to 2018‑2019), but only if:

                     (a)  the child is undergoing assessment for disability (including an ongoing or continuous assessment, as described in those Guidelines); and

                     (b)  documentary evidence has been provided to the provider of the service providing care to the child in accordance with subsection (3).

engaged in scheduled activities means:

                     (a)  the individual is engaged in an activity on the care day that is part of a formal timetable of activities provided by the registered training organisation, and where participation in that activity can only reasonably occur at a set time on the care day; and

                     (b)  without limitation, could involve attending a lecture (in person, or online) or undertaking an exam, which is only scheduled at a set time on the day during which the session of care occurs;

however does not mean:

                     (c)  engaging in activities that are outside of the individual’s formal timetable, such as where the individual is engaged in homework, group activity, viewing a pre‑recorded lecture or assessment work; or

                     (d)  engaging in activity on a day that is not the day during which the session of care occurs and during a time that would not usually overlap or conflict with the session of care.

remote area child of an individual means an FTB child or regular child of the individual, if:

                     (a)  the child resides in an area designated as ‘remote Australia’ or ‘very remote Australia’ in accordance with the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Volume 5 – Remoteness Structure, July 2016 (cat. no. 1270.0.55.005), as published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics; and

                     (b)  documentary evidence of the child’s residence has been provided to the provider of the approved FDC service providing care to the child in accordance with subsection (4).

Note:       Documentary evidence of a child’s residence could include a copy of the individual’s (in relation to whom the child is an FTB child or a regular care child) current driver’s licence, or a recent utility bill sent to the address where the individual and child reside, or a statutory declaration.

 

Division 1AARequirements for eligibility for kinds of approved child care services

8AA  In home care services

             (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 85BA(1)(e) of the Family Assistance Act:

                     (a)  an in home care service is prescribed; and

                     (b)  the requirements in subsection (2) are the requirements that must be met by the in home care service.

Note:          If the Secretary determines that the requirements are not met, an individual will not be eligible for CCS for a session of care provided by the in home care service to a child: see section 85BA of the Family Assistance Act.

             (2)  The requirements are as follows:

                     (a)  the individual that would be eligible for CCS for a session of care provided by the in home care service to a child can demonstrate that no other kinds of approved child care are suitable or available; and

                     (b)  at least one of the following applies:

                              (i)  the parents or carers of the child work non‑standard or variable hours that are outside normal child care service hours;

                             (ii)  the parents or carers of the child are geographically isolated from other types of approved child care, including because they reside in a rural or remote location;

                            (iii)  the family of the child has challenging or complex needs.

Division 1APrescribed classes of children for eligibility for CCS or ACCS

8A  Purpose of prescribing classes of children in this Division

            Classes of children are prescribed in this Division so that an individual may be able to be eligible for CCS or ACCS, or that an approved provider of an approved child care service may be able to be eligible for ACCS (child wellbeing), for a session of care in relation to such children, notwithstanding the restriction in subparagraphs 85BA(1)(a)(ii) and 85CA(2)(b)(ii) of the Family Assistance Act (which limits CCS and ACCS eligibility in relation to children who are 13 or under and who do not attend secondary school).

8B  Children 13 years or under who are attending secondary school who do not have a prescribed disability or prescribed medical condition

                   For paragraphs 85BA(2)(a) and 85CA(3)(a) of the Family Assistance Act, the following class of children is prescribed:

                     (a)  children who do not meet the medical or disability requirements set out in subsection 8C(2); and

                     (b)  are 13 years or under and are attending secondary school; and

                     (c)  who cannot reasonably be left alone; and

                     (d)  are children for whom no one aged 18 years or older is able to provide suitable care outside of an approved child care service.

8C  Children who have a prescribed disability or prescribed medical condition

             (1)  For paragraphs 85BA(2)(a) and 85CA(3)(a) of the Family Assistance Act, the following class of children is prescribed:

                     (a)  children who:

                              (i)  are 14 years or older; or

                             (ii)  are 13 years or under and are attending secondary school; and

                     (b)  who meet the medical or disability requirements set out in subsection (2); and

                     (c)  who cannot reasonably be left alone; and

                     (d)  are children for whom no one aged 18 years or older is able to provide suitable care outside of an approved child care service; and

                     (e)  where the child is 16, 17 or 18 years old, the Secretary is satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances that justify CCS or ACCS eligibility.

             (2)  The disability or medical requirements as referred to in paragraph (1)(b) and paragraph 8B(a) are as follows:

                     (a)  the child has been diagnosed with, or is undergoing an assessment for, one or more of the conditions listed in Schedule 1 by a medical practitioner; or

 

 

                     (b)  the child has been diagnosed with, or is undergoing an assessment for, one or more of the conditions listed in Schedule 2 by a psychologist who:

                              (i)  is registered with a Board established under a law of a State or Territory that registers psychologists in that State or Territory; and

                             (ii)  has qualifications or experience in assessing impairment in children; or

                     (c)  the child has been diagnosed with, or is undergoing assessment for, a condition that is referred to in Part 2 of Schedule 3 to the Disability Care Load Assessment (Child) Determination 2010 by a medical practitioner; or

                     (d)  the child has become a participant in the National Disability Insurance Scheme launch under section 28 of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013; or

                     (e)  the Secretary is otherwise satisfied that the child has, or is being assessed for, a disability and makes a determination to that effect.

8D  Conditions in relation to the classes of children prescribed in sections 8B and 8C

                   For paragraphs 85BA(2)(b) and 85CA(3)(b) of the Family Assistance Act, the following conditions are prescribed, as applicable:

                     (a)  in relation to all prescribed children—an individual, in respect of eligibility for CCS or ACCS, or an approved provider, in respect of eligibility for ACCS (child wellbeing), as applicable, must provide a statutory declaration to the Secretary in the form prescribed under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959 (Cth) that attests to the matters referred to in paragraphs 8B(c) and (d) and 8C(1)(c) and (d) (being that the child cannot be left alone and that there is no adult able to provide suitable care) and provides an explanation as to why those matters are the case;

                     (b)  where the child meets the disability or medical requirements referred to in paragraphs 8C(2)(a), (b), (c) or (e), and where a diagnosis has been made in relation to a permanent condition—documentary evidence has been provided of the diagnosis to the satisfaction of the Secretary;

                     (c)  where the child meets the disability or medical requirements referred to in paragraphs 8C(2)(a), (b), (c) or (e), and where a diagnosis has been made in relation to a condition that is not permanent or where the child is still undergoing assessment—documentary evidence of the diagnosis or assessment has been provided to the Secretary that was obtained within a period of 24 months prior to its provision and is to the satisfaction of the Secretary;

                     (d)  where the child meets the disability or medical requirements referred to in paragraph 8C(2)(d)—evidence that the child is a participant in the National Disability Insurance Scheme launch has been provided to the Secretary;

                     (e)  where the child is one that the Secretary is otherwise satisfied as referred to in paragraph 8C(2)(e)—the Secretary has provided a notice to that effect to the individual or provider that is eligible for CCS or ACCS in relation to the child.

 

Division 2When children are at risk of serious abuse or neglect for ACCS (child wellbeing)

9  Circumstances in which a child is taken to be at risk of serious abuse or neglect—child at risk of suffering harm

             (1)  For subsection 85CA(4) of the Family Assistance Act, a child is taken to be at risk of serious abuse or neglect if the child is at risk of suffering harm as a result of being subject to, or exposed to, one or more of the following events:

                     (a)  serious physical, emotional or psychological abuse;

                     (b)  sexual abuse;

                     (c)  domestic or family violence;

                     (d)  neglect.

             (2)  For subsection (1), a child is at risk if:

                     (a)  the child is currently experiencing one or more of the events set out in subsection (1); or

                     (b)  the risk of the child experiencing one or more of the events in the future is real and apparent.

             (3)  A child may be taken to be at risk of suffering harm in relation to an event mentioned in subsection (1) even if the event occurred before:

                     (a)  a certificate in relation to the child was given under section 85CB of the Family Assistance Act; or

                     (b)  an application in relation to the child was made under subsection 85CE(1) of that Act.

             (4)  In this section:

harm means any detriment to the child’s wellbeing.

neglect means a failure to be provided with the basic needs that are essential for the child’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

10  Circumstances in which a child is taken to be at risk of serious abuse or neglect—child in need of care etc. under State or Territory law

                   For subsection 85CA(4) of the Family Assistance Act, a child is taken to be at risk of serious abuse or neglect if:

                     (a)  where the child is a resident of the Australian Capital Territory at the time the session of care is provided—the child is in need of care and protection under the Children and Young People Act 2008 (ACT); or

                     (b)  where the child is a resident of New South Wales at the time the session of care is provided—the child is at risk of significant harm under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW); or

                     (c)  where the child is a resident of the Northern Territory at the time the session of care is provided—the child is in need of care and protection under the Care and Protection of Children Act (NT); or

                     (d)  where the child is a resident of Queensland at the time the session of care is provided—the child is in need of protection under the Child Protection Act 1999 (Qld); or

                     (e)  where the child is a resident of South Australia at the time the session of care is provided—the child is at risk within the meaning of section 18 of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 (SA); or

                      (f)  where the child is a resident of Tasmania at the time the session of care is provided—the child is at risk under the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1997 (Tas); or

                     (g)  where the child is a resident of Victoria at the time the session of care is provided—the child is in need of protection under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic); or

                     (h)  where the child is a resident of Western Australia at the time the session of care is provided—the child is in need of protection under the Children and Community Services Act 2004 (WA).

11  Circumstances in which a child is not taken to be at risk of serious abuse or neglect

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), a child is not taken to be at risk of serious abuse or neglect solely because:

                     (a)  of the income of the individual or individuals with respect to whom the child is an FTB child or regular care child; or

                     (b)  of the ethnic, cultural, religious or racial background of the child or the child’s immediate family; or

                     (c)  of the geographical location in which the child and the child’s immediate family resides; or

                     (d)  the child’s place of residence is, statistically, an area of socio‑economic disadvantage; or

                     (e)  the child is likely to benefit from early childhood education and care programs; or

                      (f)  the child has a disability; or

                     (g)  the child is in a foster care or kinship care arrangement.

             (2)  Where a circumstance listed in subsection (1) applies in relation to a child, that circumstance may only be considered:

                     (a)  in conjunction with other circumstances or matters; and

                     (b)  only to the extent that it is relevant to determining whether a child is taken to be at risk of serious abuse or neglect in accordance with section 9.

Division 3Temporary financial hardship

12  Circumstances in which an individual is taken to be experiencing temporary financial hardship

             (1)  For subsection 85CG(2) of the Family Assistance Act, an individual is taken to be experiencing temporary financial hardship if:

                     (a)  the individual has had a substantial reduction in her or his ability to pay child care fees as a result of any of the circumstances described in subsection (2) of this section; and

                     (b)  the circumstance described in subsection (2) occurred in relation to the individual on a day that is no earlier than 6 months before the day the application for ACCS (temporary financial hardship) was made.

             (2)  For subsection (1), the circumstances are as follows:

                     (a)  the death of a partner or child of the individual;

                     (b)  a loss of employment of the individual, or a partner of the individual, other than due to resignation or retirement;

                     (c)  a loss of income or business failure of the individual, or a partner of the individual, due to circumstances outside of the control of the individual or of the partner (such as serious illness);

                     (d)  a loss of income of the individual, due to the death of a former partner, where the former partner was providing ongoing financial assistance in relation to the child under child support arrangements;

                     (e)  the individual, or a partner of the individual, being adversely affected by a major disaster event;

                      (f)  the destruction of, or severe damage to, the home of the individual, or of a partner of the individual;

                     (g)  the individual having to leave home, and not being able to return because of an extreme circumstance (such as domestic violence);

                     (h)  the individual still living at home after being subjected to domestic violence by a family member who has left or has been removed from the home.

Division 4Transition to work

13  Additional eligibility requirements for ACCS (transition to work)

             (1)  For paragraph 85CK(1)(c) of the Family Assistance Act, the prescribed requirements that must be met by an individual at the start of a CCS fortnight to which a session of care relates are:

                     (a)  the requirements (the activity requirements) set out in subsection (2); and

                     (b)  the requirements (the income requirements) set out in subsection (3); and

                     (c)  where applicable, the requirements (the job plan requirements) set out in subsections (4) and (5); and

                     (d)  where the individual is in receipt of special benefit, the requirement in subsection (17).

             (2)  In order for an individual to meet the activity requirements, the individual must meet at least one of the following during the period provided by subsections (12) and (13):

                     (a)  the requirements (the study requirements) set out in subsections (7) and (8);

                     (b)  the requirements (the job search requirements) set out in subsection (10);

                     (c)  the requirements (the work/training requirements) set out in subsection (11).

Income requirements

             (3)  An individual meets the income requirements where the estimate of the individual’s adjusted taxable income that would be used to determine the individual’s entitlement to CCS for the week to which the session of care relates, including as determined by Division 4 of Part 3A of the Family Assistance Administration Act, is equal to or lower than the lower income threshold (as referred to in clause 3 of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act).

Note:          Adjusted taxable income is defined in Schedule 3 to the Family Assistance Act to include the income of any partner of the individual as set out in that Schedule.

Job plan requirements

             (4)  The job plan requirements are applicable to individuals who are in receipt of a transition to work payment referred to in paragraph 85CK(3)(b) of the Family Assistance Act, as prescribed by paragraph 15(a), (b), (e), (f), (g) or (h) of these Rules.

             (5)  An individual meets the job plan requirements if a job plan is in effect in relation to the individual at the start of the CCS fortnight in which the session of care is provided.

Note:          Individuals in receipt of the transition to work payments referred to in paragraph 85CK(3)(a) of the Family Assistance Act (parenting payment, newstart allowance, disability support pension and youth allowance) must have an employment pathway plan or participation plan in effect, as referred to in subparagraph 85CK(1)(b)(ii) of that Act.

 

             (6)  For this section, a job plan is:

                     (a)  an employment pathway plan within the meaning of the Social Security Act 1991, or a plan by that name entered into on a voluntary basis through Services Australia; or

Note:       An employment pathway plan is defined in section 23 of the Social Security Act 1991 to include a Parenting Payment Employment Pathway Plan, a Youth Allowance Employment Pathway Plan, a Newstart Employment Pathway Plan, or a Special Benefit Employment Pathway Plan.

                     (b)  for an individual in receipt of a disability support pension—a participation plan entered into under section 94B of the Social Security Act 1991, or a plan by that name entered into on a voluntary basis by the individual with a service provider that is approved by an agency of the Commonwealth to provide employment services to such individuals.

Study requirements

             (7)  An individual meets the study requirements in relation to an approved course of education or study if:

                     (a)  the course is of the following type or of the following level:

                              (i)  a secondary course within the meaning of Schedule 1 to the Student Assistance (Education Institutions and Courses) Determination 2009 (No. 2);

                             (ii)  a preparatory course within the meaning of the Student Assistance (Education Institutions and Courses) Determination 2009 (No. 2);

                            (iii)  level 2 (Certificate II) through to level 8 (up to Graduate Diploma) of the Australian Qualifications Framework; and

Note:       For approved course of education or study, see subsection 541B(5) of the Social Security Act 1991 and subsection 3(1) of the Family Assistance Act.

                     (b)  the individual is making satisfactory progress in that course of education or study; and

                     (c)  where the course of education or study is of a kind described in subparagraph (a)(iii), the study occurs at a level that is above any level that the individual has already studied at within the last 10 years, unless:

                              (i)  on a single occasion, the individual studied a course of education or study at a higher level than the level at which they are currently studying for a period of less than 6 weeks; or

                             (ii)  the individual has, only once, begun studying at a level below a qualification already achieved, where the study (if completed) will qualify the individual for an occupation listed in the list known as the Ratings Summary—Labour Market Analysis of Skilled Occupations (prepared by the Department, and as existing from time to time) and the study involves progression towards a qualification that the individual has not already studied towards; or

                            (iii)  on 1 July 2018, the individual is in receipt of the payment known as Jobs Education and Training (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance that is paid by the Commonwealth in respect of a course of education or study and the individual was engaged in that course of education or study on that day.

Note:          The Ratings Summary—Labour Market Analysis of Skilled Occupations could in 2020 be viewed on the Department’s website.

             (8)  The exception in subparagraph (7)(c)(iii) only applies to the individual for that course of education or study referred to in that subparagraph.

             (9)  For this section, the Australian Qualifications Framework is the second edition of the publication of that name (which could in 2017 be viewed on the Australian Qualifications Framework Council website at http://www.aqf.edu.au/).

Job search requirements

           (10)  An individual meets the job search requirements where the individual is actively looking for work and can provide evidence to the Secretary that he or she is looking for work.

Work/training requirements

           (11)  An individual meets the work/training requirements where he or she is participating in any of the following activities:

                     (a)  paid work;

                     (b)  actively setting up a business;

                     (c)  unpaid work (including a work experience placement or an internship);

                     (d)  a vocational training or other program which, in the opinion of the Secretary, has a reasonable likelihood of improving the individual’s employment prospects.

Time limits

           (12)  Subject to subsections (15) and (16), the period during which an individual is eligible for ACCS (transition to work) under subsection 85CK(1) of the Assistance Act is limited to the period set out in the table below, unless subsections (13) and (14) apply:

 

Item

Where the individual is meeting the following requirements:

The individual is only eligible during the following period:

1

The study requirements

(a) where the course is at level 2 (Certificate II) to 6 (Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree) (inclusive) and level 8 (Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma) of the Australian Qualifications Framework—104 weeks for each course studied on a full‑time basis or 208 weeks for each course studied on a part‑time basis; or

(b) where the course is at level 7 (Bachelor Degree) of the Australian Qualifications Framework—156 weeks for each course studied on a full‑time basis or 312 weeks for each course studied on a part‑time basis; or

(c) where the course is a secondary course within the meaning of Schedule 1 of the Student Assistance (Education Institutions and Courses) Determination 2009 (No. 2) or a preparatory course within the meaning of that Determination, 104 weeks for full‑time study, or 208 weeks for part‑time study

2

The job search requirements

26 weeks

3

The work/training requirements set out in paragraphs (11)(a), (b) or (c)

26 weeks

4

The work/training requirement relating to training set out in paragraph (11)(d)

52 weeks full‑time or 104 weeks part‑time

5

The work/training requirement relating to employment prospects set out in paragraph (11)(d)

52 weeks

 

           (13)  This subsection applies if, on 1 July 2018:

                     (a)  the individual was engaged in a course of education or study for the purposes of meeting the study requirements; and

                     (b)  the individual was in receipt of the payment, known as Jobs Education and Training (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance that is paid by the Commonwealth.

           (14)  Where subsection (13) applies to an individual, the maximum period during which the individual is eligible for ACCS (transition to work) is worked out as follows:

the applicable number of weeks set out in the right hand column of item 1 of the table in subsection (12) minus the number of weeks the individual has already engaged in the study requirements referred to in that item.

           (15)  The period referred to in item 1 of the table in subsection (12) relates to each new course of education or study that the individual studies.

Example:    Lyndal completes a Certificate II level qualification and, once completed, begins a Bachelor Degree—when she begins study towards the Bachelor Degree, she has a new period of 156 weeks (full‑time) during which she can remain eligible for ACCS (transition to work).

           (16)  The periods referred to in items 2 to 5 of the table in subsection (12) apply to an individual only once in their lifetime, so that the period accrues as an aggregate for each activity.

Example:    Michelle trains for 52 weeks, full‑time, as described in item 4 of that table—following that period she is unable to remain eligible for ACCS (transition to work) where she continues to train beyond those 52 weeks. However, she could be eligible if she subsequently begins a course of education or study referred to in item 1, or if she begins another activity referred to in items 2, 3 or 5.

Additional requirement for recipients of special benefit

           (17)  Where the individual is in receipt of special benefit under the Social Security Act 1991, in addition to meeting the other eligibility requirements for ACCS (transition to work), the individual is only eligible where the individual would qualify for parenting payment or newstart allowance but for a requirement relating to residency that applies in relation to that payment or allowance under that Act.

14  Additional eligibility requirements for individuals who ceased receiving transition to work payment fewer than 12 weeks ago

                   For paragraph 85CK(2)(c) of the Family Assistance Act, the requirements are that:

                     (a)  the individual was eligible for ACCS (transition to work) under subsection 85CK(1) for one or more sessions of care in the CCS fortnight preceding the CCS fortnight in which the session of care was provided; and

                     (b)  the individual was engaged in paid work in the CCS fortnight in which the session of care was provided and the individual is able to provide evidence of that engagement; and

                     (c)  the individual did not stop receiving a transition to work payment solely because he or she became a member of a couple (including a member of a new couple) resulting in the person no longer being qualified for, or meeting the income or assets test requirements to be paid, the payment.

15  Transition to work payments

                   For paragraph 85CK(3)(b) of the Family Assistance Act, the payments are as follows:

                     (a)  carer payment under the Social Security Act 1991;

                     (b)  special benefit under the Social Security Act 1991;

                     (c)  austudy payment under the Social Security Act 1991;

                     (d)  a payment made under the ABSTUDY Scheme to the extent that it provides means tested allowances;

                     (e)  farm household allowance under the Farm Household Support Act 2014;

                      (f)  parenting payment under the Social Security Act 1991, as paid to individuals who are not subject to participation requirements under section 500A of that Act;

Note:       Paragraphs 500(1)(c) and (ca) of the Social Security Act 1991 set out when an individual is subject to participation requirements to qualify for the parenting payment.

                     (g)  disability support pension under the Social Security Act 1991, as paid to individuals who are not subject to the participation requirements under section 94A of that Act;

Note:       Paragraph 94(1)(da) of the Social Security Act 1991 sets out when an individual is subject to participation requirements to qualify for the disability support pension.

                     (h)  youth allowance under the Social Security Act 1991, as paid to individuals who are not required, under Subdivision E of Division 1 of Part 2.11 of that Act, to have an employment pathway plan in effect.

Note:       Section 544A of the Social Security Act 1991 sets out when an individual is not required to have a youth allowance employment pathway plan in effect.

Division 5Requirements for eligibility for in home care

15A  In home care provided to multiple children

             (1)  For the purposes of section 85ECA of the Family Assistance Act, if a multiple child session of care is provided by an in home care service, the approved provider of the service or the individual who would be eligible for CCS or ACCS for the session of care in respect of a child, must nominate:

                     (a)  if the session is provided to up to 5 children—one of those children (a nominated child); and

                     (b)  if the session is provided to 6 to 10 children—2 of those children (each also a nominated child).

             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph 85ED(1)(b) of the Family Assistance Act, the class of persons who, in respect of a multiple child session of care, are not a nominated child, is prescribed.

Note:          This provision has the effect that the hourly rate cap specified for in home care services in item 4 of the table in subclause 2(3) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act applies in respect of a maximum of one child for care provided to up to 5 children during the same session of care in the same home, and a maximum of 2 children if the care is provided to 6 to 10 children.

Example 1: On 5 March 2020, the McEnroe family has 4 children in in home care on one day, during the same period of time. Mrs McEnroe nominates her eldest son Ralph in accordance with the requirements of paragraph (1)(a). Ralph is the child in respect of whom she wishes to be eligible for CCS in relation to the session of care. Mrs McEnroe is only eligible for CCS in relation to Ralph (not the other 3 children being provided with care at the same time) and the hourly rate cap that applies to fees charged by the approved provider is $32.58. Mrs McEnroe’s applicable percentage as worked out under clause 3 of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act is 85% and so the total maximum hourly rate of CCS payable in relation to the relevant session of care is 85% of $32.58, which is $27.69 for each hour in the session of care.

Example 2: On 27 March 2020, the Borg family has 8 children in in home care on one day, during the same period of time. The approved provider of the relevant in home care service nominates Mr Borg’s eldest daughter Martina and his eldest son Patrick in accordance with the requirements of paragraph (1)(b). Mr Borg is only eligible for CCS in relation to Martina and Patrick (not the other children in care) and the hourly rate cap that applies to fees charged by the approved provider is $32.58 for Martina and $32.58 for Patrick. Mr Borg’s applicable percentage as worked out under clause 3 of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act is 85% and so the total maximum hourly rate of CCS payable in relation to the relevant session of care is 85% of $32.58 for Martina and 85% of $32.58 for Patrick, which is $55.38 in total for each hour in the session.

15B  Additional eligibility requirements

             (1)  For the purposes of section 85ECA of the Family Assistance Act, the requirements in this section are prescribed.

Session of care must only be provided to children of the same family

             (2)  A multiple child session of care must only be provided to children of the same family.

             (3)  For the purposes of subsection (2), children are the children of the same family if each child is an FTB child or a regular care child of the individual eligible for CCS in respect of each of the children being provided with the multiple child session of care, or of the individual’s partner.

Note:          For the requirement that a child related to the IHC educator must not be provided with care at a session of care provided by the IHC educator, see subsection (7).

Number of pre‑school aged children required

             (4)  An approved provider of an in home care service providing a multiple child session of care must ensure that, for each 5 children provided with the care, no more than 4 children are of preschool age or under (within the meaning of the Education and Care Services National Regulations).

Location of in home care

             (5)  Subject to subsection (6), a session of care provided by an in home care service to a child must be provided at the home of the individual who would be eligible for CCS for the session of care.

             (6)  The Secretary may, in writing, determine that the session of care can be provided at a location other than in the individual’s home if the Secretary is satisfied that exceptional circumstances exist to justify the session of care being provided at the other location.

IHC educator not to bring certain children to in home care session

             (7)  An IHC educator must not provide care to a child covered by subsection (8) at a session of care provided to one or more other children, or otherwise bring a child covered by that subsection to the session.

             (8)  A child is covered by this subsection if:

                     (a)  the child is a child (including an adopted child, a foster child or a kinship child) of the educator, or the educator’s partner; or

                     (b)  the educator, or the educator’s partner, otherwise has legal responsibility for the care of the child; or

                     (c)  the child is in a relationship with the educator, or the educator’s partner, set out in paragraph 8(1)(ea); or

                     (d)  the educator is providing informal care to the child through a personal arrangement.

             (9)  Subsection (7) does not apply in relation to a child to the extent (if any) that subsection 8(4A) applies in relation to the session of care and the child.

Part 3Amount of child care subsidy and additional child care subsidy

Division 1Hourly rate of child care subsidy

15C  Hourly session fee—third party payments for child in vulnerable or disadvantaged circumstances

                   For the purposes of paragraph 2(2A)(c) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act, a payment that meets both of the following criteria is prescribed:

                     (a)  the payment is made by a State or Territory, or an authority of a State or Territory, for the purpose of enabling a child in vulnerable or disadvantaged circumstances to participate in early childhood education and care;

                     (b)  the payment is made to an approved provider to reduce (wholly or in part) the liability an individual or the individual’s partner has to pay for a session of care provided to the child.

16  Determining hourly rate cap that applies for a session of care

             (1)  For subclause 2(4) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act, the type of service that applies to a session of care is the same type of service that is:

                     (a)  specified in the notice of approval that the Secretary gives to a provider under subsection 194B(4) of the Family Assistance Administration Act; or

                     (b)  determined by the Secretary under subitem 9(2) of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act.

             (2)  Despite subsection (1), a session of care provided by a service specified or determined as a centre‑based day care service is taken to be provided by an outside school hours care service for the purposes of determining the applicable CCS hourly rate cap where the session is provided to a child who attends school.

             (3)  Despite subsection (1), a session of care provided by a service specified or determined as an outside school hours care service is taken to be provided by a centre‑based day care service for the purposes of determining the applicable CCS hourly rate cap where the session is provided to a child who does not yet attend school.

             (4)  For these Rules, a child attends school on a day that is or follows the first day of scheduled physical attendance, and where any of the following apply:

                     (a)  the child has turned 6;

                     (b)  the child attends the year of school before grade 1;

                     (c)  the child attends primary or secondary school;

                     (d)  the child is subject to home schooling as recognised in the State or Territory in which the child resides;

                     (e)  the child would be attending school as referred to in paragraph (b) or (c), except that the child is absent from school, or is on holidays.

16A  Prescribed payments for determining hourly session fee

Payments for residents of bushfire‑affected areas

             (1)  For paragraph 2(2A)(c) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act, a payment is prescribed if:

                     (a)  the payment benefits an individual in respect of a session of care provided wholly or partly in the relevant period; and

                     (b)  at any time during the relevant period, the individual was a resident of a local government area; and

                     (c)  according to the information published on the Australian Government Disaster Assist website at any time, an Australian Government Disaster

Recovery Payment (within the meaning of the Social Security Act 1991), is

available in respect of:

                              (i)  the local government area; and

                             (ii)  a bushfire that occurred wholly or partly during the relevant period; and

                     (d)  the payment is made by:

                              (i)  a State or Territory; or

                             (ii)  an authority of a State or a Territory; or

                            (iii)  a registered charity.

Note:      In January 2020, the Australian Government Disaster Assist website could be accessed at: www.disasterassist.gov.au.

Payments for volunteer firefighters

             (2)  A payment is also prescribed if:

                     (a)  the payment benefits an individual in respect of a session of care provided wholly or partly in the relevant period; and

                     (b)  at any time during the relevant period the individual engaged in bushfire fighting activities as a volunteer firefighter in Australia; and

                     (c)  the payment is made by:

                              (i)  a State or Territory; or

                             (ii)  an authority of a State or a Territory; or

                            (iii)  a registered charity.

Exception: certain payments for associated child care providers

             (3)  However, a payment is not prescribed under subsections (1) and (2) if:

                     (a)  the payment is made by a registered charity; and

                     (b)  the registered charity is either:

(i) the entity that provided the session of care; or

(ii) an associate (within the meaning of the Income Tax Assessment Act

1997) of the entity that provided the session of care.

 

 

(4) In this section:

                   registered charity has the same meaning as in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

                   relevant period means:

                     (a)  for the purposes of subsection (1)the 12‑month period beginning on 1 December 2019; and

                     (b)  for the purposes of subsection (2)the 3‑month period beginning on 1 December 2019.

 

 

Division 2Circumstances for election

17  Election of allocation of claimant’s fortnightly entitlement between services attended by the child

                   For subclause 4(3) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act, an individual may give the Secretary a written election in relation to a child for a CCS fortnight if:

                     (a)  the child is enrolled at more than one child care service during the fortnight; and

                     (b)  the individual’s activity test result in relation to the child is greater than zero.

Division 3Recognised activities

Subdivision AGeneral

18  Application—unlawful purposes

             (1)  This Division does not apply in relation to paid or unpaid work or other activity, if undertaken:

                     (a)  for an unlawful purpose; or

                     (b)  for an employer, business or other person or organisation that has an unlawful purpose.

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), work or other activity includes the following:

                     (a)  work experience or an internship;

                     (b)  employment or contract work;

                     (c)  voluntary work;

                     (d)  self‑employed activity;

                     (e)  setting up a business.

Subdivision BAdditional activities

19  Unpaid work experience

             (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(d) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act, an individual engages in recognised activity during a CCS fortnight if he or she engages in either of the following activities during the fortnight:

                     (a)  unpaid work experience;

                     (b)  an unpaid internship.

             (2)  However, the individual does not engage in recognised activity under subsection (1) of this section if the activity is engaged in during the course of an activity mentioned in paragraph 12(2)(b) or (c) of that Schedule.

Note:          Paragraph 12(2)(b) of that Schedule covers training courses for improving work skills or employment prospects. Paragraph 12(2)(c) of that Schedule covers an approved course of education or study.

20  Unpaid work in a family business

             (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(d) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act, an individual engages in recognised activity if he or she engages in unpaid work for a family business owned by a member of the individual’s immediate family.

             (2)  Each of the following is a member of the individual’s immediate family:

                     (a)  a parent of the individual;

                     (b)  a partner of a parent of the individual;

                     (c)  a partner of the individual;

                     (d)  a sibling of the individual, including any person (other than the individual) who is a child of a parent of the individual;

                     (e)  a child of the individual;

                      (f)  a partner of a child of the individual;

                     (g)  another particular member of the individual’s family determined by the Secretary to be a member of the individual’s immediate family for the purposes of this section.

             (3)  Without limiting who is a child of another person, each of the following is a child of the other person:

                     (a)  an adopted child, or step‑child, of the other person, within the meaning of the Social Security Act 1991;

                     (b)  a foster‑child or ward of the other person, including someone who was the ward of the other person when the ward was under 18 years of age;

                     (c)  someone who is a child of the other person within the meaning of the Family Law Act 1975.

             (4)  Without limiting who is a parent, if someone is, within the meaning of this section, a child of another person, the other person is a parent of the child.

21  Voluntary work

             (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(d) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act, an individual engages in recognised activity during a CCS fortnight if he or she engages in any of the following activities during the fortnight:

                     (a)  voluntary work which could reasonably be expected to improve the individual’s work skills or employment prospects, or both;

                     (b)  voluntary work for a charitable, welfare or community organisation;

                     (c)  voluntary work for a school, preschool or a centre‑based day care service, if the work directly supports the learning and development of the children at the school, preschool or service.

Example:    For paragraphs (b) and (c), examples include reading to children or providing support for other learning or development activities, and could include involvement in a school parents and citizens committee.

             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(4)(b) of that Schedule, if the individual, in a CCS fortnight, does not engage in any recognised activity except the activity prescribed under this section, the maximum number of hours that are to be counted towards the prescribed activity in that fortnight is 16 hours.

22  Actively looking for work

             (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(d) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act, an individual engages in recognised activity during a CCS fortnight if he or she is actively looking for work.

             (2)  An individual is actively looking for work if the individual engages in one or more of the following activities during the fortnight:

                     (a)  looking for job vacancies;

                     (b)  preparing résumés and job applications;

                     (c)  contacting potential employers;

                     (d)  preparing for, and attending, job interviews.

Note:          The individual need not be unemployed to be actively looking for work. Her or his overall activity test result may also take into account hours engaged in other activities (such as paid work) mentioned in subclause 12(2) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act, including other activities prescribed under this Division.

             (3)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(4)(b) of that Schedule, if the individual, in a CCS fortnight, does not engage in any recognised activity except the activity prescribed under this section, the maximum number of hours that are to be counted towards the prescribed activity in that fortnight is 16 hours.

23  Actively setting up a business

             (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(d) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act, an individual engages in recognised activity during a CCS fortnight if, during the fortnight, the individual engages in the activity of actively setting up a business that has not yet started to operate, including engaging in one or more of the following activities in relation to the proposed business:

                     (a)  obtaining finance, advice and support;

                     (b)  attending and organising events, including meetings, networks and seminars;

                     (c)  developing business, marketing or other plans.

             (2)  However, an individual only engages in recognised activity under subsection (1) in relation to a CCS fortnight if, during the period of 12 months immediately before the CCS fortnight, determinations have been made under subsection 67CD(2) of the Family Assistance Administration Act that the individual is entitled to a payment of CCS worked out on the basis of the application of subsection (1) of this section in relation to fewer than 13 CCS fortnights:

                     (a)  whether or not occurring consecutively; and

                     (b)  whenever occurring during that period; and

                     (c)  in relation to that proposed business, or any other.

Subdivision CAssociated activities

24  Preparing for paid work

             (1)  This section applies to an individual who starts engaging in a recognised activity consisting of paid work, or starts to engage in such an activity for an increased number of hours, for the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(a) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act during a CCS fortnight (the start fortnight).

             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(3)(b) of that Schedule, the individual is taken also to engage in recognised activity of the same kind, or for that increased number of hours, during the period:

                     (a)  starting on the first day of the CCS fortnight immediately before the start fortnight; and

                     (b)  ending at the end of the start fortnight.

             (3)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(4)(a) of that Schedule, the number of hours of recognised activity engaged in by the individual to which subsection (2) of this section applies, during the period covered by that subsection, is taken to be the same number of hours as the number of hours of paid work, or the increased number of hours of paid work, that the individual is to start to engage in.

25  Leave from paid work

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  an individual engages in a recognised activity consisting of paid work for the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(a) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act; and

                     (b)  during a CCS fortnight, the individual takes paid or unpaid leave from that work; and

                     (c)  in the case of an individual taking unpaid leave:

                              (i)  the leave is for a continuous period of 6 months or less; or

                             (ii)  the leave is parental leave (or of the nature of parental leave); and

                     (d)  as at the time immediately before the individual takes the leave, he or she was normally engaged in recognised activity for 8 or more hours each fortnight.

             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(3)(b) of that Schedule, the individual is taken also to engage in recognised activity of the same kind for the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(a) of that Schedule during the period of paid or unpaid leave.

             (3)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(4)(a) of that Schedule, the number of hours of recognised activity engaged in by the individual to which subsection (2) of this section applies during a period of paid or unpaid leave is taken to be the same number of hours as the number of hours of paid work normally engaged in by the individual during a period of the same length.

             (4)  Paid or unpaid leave, for an individual, means:

                     (a)  if the individual engages in paid work as an employee, or under a contract—paid or unpaid leave granted under the terms or conditions of the individual’s employment or contract; or

                     (b)  in any other case—paid or unpaid leave taken by the individual that, if the individual were an employee, would be of the nature of any of the following:

                              (i)  annual leave;

                             (ii)  long service leave;

                            (iii)  leave for illness or injury;

                            (iv)  carer’s leave for family or household members, or for household emergencies;

                             (v)  leave (parental leave) for the birth of a child to the individual or the individual’s partner, or for the adoption of a child by the individual or the individual’s partner, including such leave taken in preparation for birth or adoption and to care for a child after birth or adoption.

26  Training course—self‑directed study

             (1)  This section applies if, during a CCS fortnight:

                     (a)  an individual engages in a recognised activity consisting of a training course for the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(b) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act; and

                     (b)  the individual engages in additional self‑directed study in relation to the course, outside the scheduled hours of the course.

Note:          The individual may also be taken to engage in the recognised activity mentioned in paragraph (a) during a break in the course: see section 27.

             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(3)(a) of that Schedule, the individual is taken also to engage in recognised activity of the same kind for the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(b) of that Schedule while being engaged in that additional self‑directed study.

27  Training course—break in course

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  an individual engages in a recognised activity consisting of a training course for the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(b) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act; and

                     (b)  a scheduled semester or vacation break during the training course includes a CCS fortnight, or any part of a CCS fortnight.

             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(3)(b) of that Schedule, the individual is taken also to engage in recognised activity of the same kind for the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(b) of that Schedule during the period of the scheduled semester or vacation break that occurs during the CCS fortnight.

             (3)  However, an individual is not taken under subsection (2) also to engage in recognised activity in relation to a break that:

                     (a)  occurs at the start or end of a course mentioned in paragraph (1)(a); or

                     (b)  arises because the individual defers starting or continuing such a course.

             (4)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(4)(a) of that Schedule, the number of hours of recognised activity engaged in by the individual to which subsection (2) of this section applies during a scheduled semester or vacation break is taken to be the same number of hours as the number of hours of that training course normally scheduled during a period of the same length.

28  Approved course of education or study—self‑directed study

             (1)  This section applies if, during a CCS fortnight:

                     (a)  an individual engages in a recognised activity consisting of an approved course of education or study for the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(c) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act; and

                     (b)  the individual engages in additional self‑directed study in relation to the course, outside the scheduled hours of the course.

Note:          The individual may also be taken to engage in the recognised activity mentioned in paragraph (a) during a break in the course: see section 29.

             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(3)(a) of that Schedule, the individual is taken also to engage in recognised activity of the same kind for the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(b) of that Schedule while being engaged in that additional self‑directed study.

29  Approved course of education or study—break in course

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  an individual engages in a recognised activity consisting of an approved course of education or study for the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(c) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act; and

                     (b)  a scheduled semester or vacation break during the course includes a CCS fortnight, or any part of a CCS fortnight.

             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(3)(b) of that Schedule, the individual is taken also to engage in recognised activity of the same kind for the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(c) of that Schedule during the period of the scheduled semester or vacation break that occurs during the CCS fortnight.

             (3)  However, an individual is not taken under subsection (2) also to engage in recognised activity in relation to a break that:

                     (a)  occurs at the start or end of a course mentioned in paragraph (1)(a); or

                     (b)  arises because the individual defers starting or continuing such a course.

             (4)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(4)(a) of that Schedule, the number of hours of recognised activity engaged in by the individual to which subsection (3) of this section applies during a scheduled semester or vacation break is taken to be the same number of hours as the number of hours of that course normally scheduled during a period of the same length.

Subdivision DHours during which activities are engaged in

30  Individual engages in paid work over variable hours

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  an individual engages in recognised activity during a CCS fortnight consisting of paid work for the purposes of paragraph 12(2)(a) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act; and

                     (b)  the individual’s total number of hours of paid work (under one or more work arrangements) varies unpredictably from fortnight to fortnight.

             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph 12(4)(a) of that Schedule, the total number of hours of that recognised activity (under one or more work arrangements) engaged in by the individual in any particular CCS fortnight during which this section applies is taken to be the largest number of such hours engaged in by the individual during any CCS fortnight over any continuous period of 6 CCS fortnights, as reasonably estimated by the individual, during which the individual engages in recognised activity to which this section applies.

Example 1: Suzie is eligible for CCS. She works at a supermarket. She works shifts that vary unpredictably from CCS fortnight to CCS fortnight. She reasonably estimates that her hours of work per CCS fortnight, over a period of 6 CCS fortnights, can vary from 15 hours per CCS fortnight to a maximum of 45 hours per CCS fortnight.

                   Under this section, she is taken to engage in the recognised activity of paid work for the estimated maximum of 45 hours in each CCS fortnight while she continues to work on the same basis, until the circumstances of her work change significantly.

Example 2: Patrick is eligible for CCS. He has 3 casual jobs for different employers. His total number of hours of work for all of these jobs, taken together, varies unpredictably from CCS fortnight to CCS fortnight. He reasonably estimates that his total hours of work per fortnight, over a period of 6 CCS fortnights, can vary from 8 hours per CCS fortnight to a maximum of 50 hours per CCS fortnight.

                   Under this section, he is taken to engage in the recognised activity of paid work for the estimated maximum of 50 hours in each CCS fortnight while he continues to work on the same basis, until the circumstances of his work change significantly.

Division 4Minister’s rules result

31  Scope

                   This Division prescribes rules for the purposes of clause 14 of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act.

32  Individuals with disabilities or impairments

                   There is a Minister’s rules result of 100 for an individual for a CCS fortnight, in relation to any child, if, on the first day of the fortnight, the individual is a disabled person, and as a result of the individual’s disability or impairment, the individual:

                     (a)  is unable to engage in recognised activity to any significant degree; or

                     (b)  would be unable to adequately care for the child if the child did not attend sessions of care at a child care service.

Note:          For the meaning of disabled person, see subsection 3(1) of the Family Assistance Act.

33  Individual temporarily outside Australia

                   There is a Minister’s rules result of 100 for an individual for a CCS fortnight, in relation to any child, if, on the first day of the fortnight, the individual is temporarily absent from Australia.

Note:          Section 85EE of the Family Assistance Act sets out the maximum period of CCS (or ACCS) eligibility for an individual who is absent from Australia.

34  Individual in gaol or psychiatric confinement

                   There is a Minister’s rules result of 100 for an individual for a CCS fortnight, in relation to any child, if, on the first day of the fortnight, the individual is in gaol (within the meaning of the Social Security Act 1991), or in psychiatric confinement that starts because he or she has been charged with an offence.

35  Individual or an individual’s partner is a grandparent or great‑grandparent

                   There is a Minister’s rules result of 100 for an individual, or the partner of an individual, for a CCS fortnight, in relation to any child, if the individual would, on the first day of the fortnight, but for paragraph 85CJ(1)(d) of the Family Assistance Act, be eligible for ACCS (grandparent) for the child.

Note:          Paragraph 85CJ(1)(d) of the Family Assistance Act provides as an eligibility condition for ACCS (grandparent) that an individual, or the individual’s partner, must be receiving a social security or veterans’ pension or benefit of a specified kind.

36  Individual receiving a carer payment

                   There is a Minister’s rules result of 100 for an individual for a CCS fortnight, in relation to any child, if, on the first day of the fortnight, the individual receives a carer payment under the Social Security Act 1991.

37  Individual providing constant care

             (1)  There is a Minister’s rules result of 100 for an individual for a CCS fortnight, in relation to any child, if, on the first day of the fortnight, the individual would, but for an income test or asset test requirement, qualify for a carer payment under the Social Security Act 1991.

             (2)  An income test or asset test requirement is a requirement under Part 2.5 of the Social Security Act 1991 that, in order to qualify for a carer payment, a person must pass the income test or the assets test under that Act.

38  Individual receiving a carer allowance

             (1)  There is a Minister’s rules result under this section for an individual for a CCS fortnight, in relation to any child, if, on the first day of the fortnight, the individual receives a carer allowance under the Social Security Act 1991.

             (2)  The Minister’s rules result for the individual for the fortnight, in relation to any child, is the higher of the following:

                     (a)  72;

                     (b)  the recognised activity result that would apply for the fortnight if the individual engaged in recognised activity for the number of hours worked out as follows:

                           

                            where:

hours of caring activity, in relation to caring activity consisting of the provision of care and attention on a daily basis to a care receiver (or care receivers) for the purpose of qualifying for the carer allowance, means the actual number of hours in the fortnight the individual engages in such caring activity.

hours of recognised activity is the number of hours the individual engages in recognised activities that would (apart from this section) count towards the individual’s recognised activity result for the fortnight.

             (3)  This section does not apply to an individual in relation to a CCS fortnight if section 36 or 37 applies to the individual in relation to the fortnight.

39  Individual receiving a newstart allowance, youth allowance, parenting payment or special benefit

             (1)  There is a Minister’s rules result under this section for an individual for a CCS fortnight, in relation to any child, if, on the first day of the fortnight, the individual receives one of the benefits under the Social Security Act 1991 covered by subsection (2).

             (2)  The benefits covered by this subsection are each of the following, if receipt of the benefit is subject to participation requirements requiring the individual to engage in particular activities (qualifying activities) during the fortnight, or would be so subject if the individual were not exempt from those requirements under that Act:

                     (a)  a parenting payment;

                     (b)  a youth allowance;

                     (c)  a newstart allowance;

                     (d)  a special benefit (subject to subsection (3)).

             (3)  There is a Minister’s rules result under this section for an individual who receives a special benefit only if the individual would qualify for one of the other benefits covered by subsection (2) but for a requirement relating to residence that applies in relation to the other benefit under the Social Security Act 1991.

             (4)  The Minister’s rules result for the individual for the fortnight, in relation to any child, is the higher of the following:

                     (a)  36;

                     (b)  the recognised activity result that would apply for the fortnight if the individual engaged in recognised activity for the number of hours worked out as follows:

                           

                            where:

hours of qualifying activity is the actual number of hours the individual engages in qualifying activities for the receipt of the relevant benefit during the fortnight.

hours of recognised activity, in relation to activities other than qualifying activities, if the other activities are recognised activities, is the number of hours the individual engages in those recognised activities that would (apart from this section) count towards the individual’s recognised activity result for the fortnight.

Note:       Some activities may be both qualifying activities and recognised activities (for example, looking for paid work, for an individual receiving a newstart allowance). Hours engaged in those activities are covered by the definition of hours of qualified activity.

             (5)  Despite subsection (4), the Minister’s rules result for the individual for the fortnight, in relation to any child, is 100 if:

                     (a)  the individual is exempt under the Social Security Act 1991 from the requirement to engage in qualifying activities; and

                     (b)  the exemption is not because the individual is a home educator or a distance educator, or because of the number of children for whom the individual is the principal carer or main supporter.

Note:       For exemptions on the grounds mentioned in this paragraph, see sections 502D  (parenting payment), 542FA (youth allowance), 602C (newstart allowance) and 731DB (special benefit) of the Social Security Act 1991.

40  Child attending early educational program at a centre‑based day care service

                   There is a Minister’s rules result of 36 for an individual for a CCS fortnight, in relation to a particular child, if, at any time during the CCS fortnight, the child attends an early educational program (such as a preschool or kindergarten program), in the year that is 2 years before grade 1 of school, offered at a centre‑based day care service.

Part 3AWithholding Amount

  

40A  Prescribed percentage

                   The prescribed percentage for paragraph 67EB(3)(b) of the Family Assistance Administration Act is 5%.


 

Part 4Approval of provider of child care services

Division 1Application for approval

41  Cut‑off date for applications for approval under the family assistance law before the commencement day

             (1)  For subsection 194(5) of the Family Assistance Administration Act (as in force before the commencement day), an application for approval of a child care service for the purposes of the family assistance law as in force before that day is taken not to have been made if the application is made on or after 1 April 2018.

Note:          The commencement day is 2 July 2018 (the day Schedule 1 to the Jobs for Families Act commences).

             (2)  However, subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a particular application if the Secretary:

                     (a)  considers that exceptional circumstances exist in relation to the application that justify treating it as being made; and

                     (b)  so determines in writing.

42  Who may apply for approval

                   For paragraph 194A(1)(d) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, the following entities and bodies are prescribed:

                     (a)  an eligible association or a prescribed entity within the meaning of the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations;

                     (b)  an unincorporated body or entity that has a governing body as referred to in section 230B of the Family Assistance Administration Act (application of family assistance law to providers that are unincorporated).

Division 2Provider eligibility rules

43  Additional rules for provider eligibility

             (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 194C(f) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, this section prescribes additional criteria that a provider must satisfy to be approved for the purposes of the family assistance law in respect of one or more child care services.

Note:          It is a condition for continued approval of an approved provider that the provider continues to satisfy the provider eligibility rules in section 194C of the Family Assistance Administration Act, including the criteria set out in this section: see subsection 195A(1) of that Act.

Checks for persons with management or control of the provider

             (2)  The provider must ensure that each person who has management or control of the provider:

                     (a)  if the person is an individual—held a current working with children check (within the meaning of section 195D of the Family Assistance Administration Act) immediately before the person commenced to hold that position;

                     (b)  if the person is an individual—has had a national police check from a State or Territory police service, or an agency accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, carried out no more than 6 months before the person commenced to hold that position;

                     (c)  unless the person is responsible for the day‑to‑day operation of a service of the provider—has had the following checks carried out no more than 30 days before the person commenced to hold that position:

                              (i)  if the person is an individual—a National Personal Insolvency Index check using the Bankruptcy Register Search service provided by the Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA);

                             (ii)  if the person is an individual—a current and historical personal name extract search of the records of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC);

                            (iii)  if the person is a company—a current and historical company extract search of the records of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC);

                     (d)  if the person is an individual and is responsible for the day‑to‑day operation of a service of the provider, and the person becomes responsible for the day‑to‑day operation of another service of the provider—has had a national police check from a State or Territory police service, or an agency accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, carried out no more than 6 months before the person commenced to hold that other position.

Note:          It is a condition under section 195D of the Family Assistance Administration Act that, for continued approval of an approved provider that, for each individual required under a law of a State or Territory to hold a working with children check in relation to care provided by a child care service of the provider, the provider must ensure that the individual has a current working with children check.

Checks for FDC educators

             (3)  The provider must ensure that each person who is an FDC educator for an FDC service of the provider:

                     (a)  held a current working with children check (within the meaning of section 195D of the Family Assistance Administration Act) immediately before the person commenced to hold that position;

                     (b)  has had a national police check from a State or Territory police service, or an agency accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, carried out no more than 6 months before the person commenced to hold that position;

                     (c)  if the FDC educator becomes an FDC educator with another FDC service of the provider—has had a national police check from a State or Territory police service, or an agency accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, carried out no more than 12 months before the person commenced to hold that other position.

Note:          It is a condition under section 195D of the Family Assistance Administration Act for continued approval of an approved provider that, for each individual required under a law of a State or Territory to hold a working with children check in relation to care provided by a child care service of the provider, the provider must ensure that the individual has a current working with children check.

Checks for IHC educators

             (4)  The provider must ensure that each person who is an IHC educator for an in home care service of the provider:

                     (a)  held a current working with children check (within the meaning of section 195D of the Family Assistance Administration Act) immediately before the person commenced to hold that position;

                     (b)  has had a national police check from a State or Territory police service, or an agency accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, carried out no more than 6 months before the person commenced to hold that position;

                     (c)  if the IHC educator becomes an IHC educator with another in home care service of the provider—has had a national police check from a State or Territory police service, or an agency accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, carried out no more than 12 months before the person commenced to hold that other position.

Note:          It is a condition under section 195D of the Family Assistance Administration Act for continued approval of an approved provider that, for each individual required under a law of a State or Territory to hold a working with children check in relation to care provided by a child care service of the provider, the provider must ensure that the individual has a current working with children check.

Evidence of checks to be provided on request

             (5)  The provider must provide written evidence of a check mentioned in this section to the Secretary on request.

Note:          For the requirement to provide a declaration to the Secretary that the checks required by this section have been carried out, see table item 10 of section 55.

Division 3Service eligibility rules

44  Additional prescribed matters for service eligibility

             (1)  For subparagraph 194D(f)(vi) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, the Secretary must have regard to the following matters in relation to each FDC educator or IHC educator who provides, or is to provide, care for the service:

                     (a)  any act of the educator involving fraud or dishonesty;

                     (b)  the arrangements the educator has:

                              (i)  to ensure the educator complies with the family assistance law; and

                             (ii)  to ensure anyone the educator is responsible for managing complies with the family assistance law.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to an FDC educator or IHC educator who is covered by any of the following provisions of the Family Assistance Administration Act:

                     (a)  paragraph 194C(b), (c) or (d) (providers and persons who have or will have management and control of a child care service);

                     (b)  paragraph 194D(c) or (d) (persons who have or will have day‑to‑day control of a child care service).

Note:          The criteria described in subsection (1) already apply to an FDC educator or IHC educator mentioned in subsection (2) as matters to be considered in determining whether he or she is a fit and proper person under section 194E of the Family Assistance Administration Act (see paragraphs 194E(1)(f) and (g)), along with additional criteria mentioned in that section.

45  Additional criteria for service eligibility rules

             (1)  For paragraph 194D(g) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, this section sets out additional criteria for satisfying the service eligibility rules.

Centre‑based day care services

             (2)  Where the provider applies for approval in respect of a centre‑based day care service:

                     (a)  the service must be:

                              (i)  approved as a centre‑based service under the Education and Care Services National Law; or

                             (ii)  licensed or registered to operate as an occasional care service under State or Territory law; or

                            (iii)  covered by section 50 of these Rules (certain providers not required to meet State/Territory requirements); or

                            (iv)  where the service is not an education and care service under the Education and Care Services National Law—a service in respect of which the provider holds any other approvals or licences that are relevant to providing child care and which are required to operate the service under the law of the State or Territory in which the service is situated; and

                     (b)  the service must not, in the opinion of the Secretary, operate primarily as an outside school hours care service (for example, by providing care to a majority of children who attend school).

Outside school hours care services

             (3)  Where the provider applies for approval in respect of an outside school hours care service:

                     (a)  the service must be:

                              (i)  approved as a centre‑based service under the Education and Care Services National Law; or

                             (ii)  covered by section 50 of these Rules; or

                            (iii)  where the service is not an education and care service under the Education and Care Services National Law—a service in respect of which the provider holds any other approvals or licences that are relevant to providing child care and which are required to operate the service under the law of the State or Territory in which the service is situated; and

                     (b)  in the opinion of the Secretary, primarily provide care outside normal school hours to children who attend school.

Family day care services

             (4)  Where the provider applies for approval in respect of a family day care service, the service must be approved as an FDC service under the Education and Care Services National Law, or be covered by section 50 of these Rules.

Division 4Fit and proper person considerations

46  Additional matters to take into account

             (1)  For paragraph 194E(1)(k) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, this section prescribes matters to which the Secretary must have regard in determining whether a person (the provider or person with management or control) is a fit and proper person.

             (2)  The Secretary must have regard to the experience and expertise of the provider or person with management or control in the provision of child care services.

             (3)  The Secretary must have regard to the understanding that can be demonstrated by the provider or person with management or control, of the obligations that would apply under the family assistance law, and the level of commitment to complying with those obligations.

             (4)  The Secretary must have regard to whether all the following circumstances exist:

                     (a)  an educator who provides, or is to provide, care at the service (whether or not the person is employed by the provider of the service) has obtained a qualification in respect of providing child care from a registered training organisation;

                     (b)  the provider or person with management or control has an interest in that registered training organisation, by virtue of which the provider or person owns, operates, controls or carries out the registered training organisation;

                     (c)  it reasonably appears that the qualification:

                              (i)  would not have been obtained without that interest of the provider or person with management or control, and as a result, the educator has not obtained the qualification solely on her or his own merit; or

                             (ii)  the qualification has otherwise been obtained in circumstances that might reasonably be perceived as a conflict of interest.

             (5)  The Secretary must have regard to whether the provider or person with management or control has an interest in a business, by virtue of which the provider or person owns, operates, controls or carries out the business, if it reasonably appears that:

                     (a)  the nature of the interest is such that the provider’s or person’s ability to comply with obligations under the family assistance law is reduced; or

                     (b)  the nature of the interest is such that approval of the service will provide a benefit to the business; or

                     (c)  the circumstances are otherwise such that there might reasonably be perceived to be a conflict of interest.

Note:          See section 194F of the Family Assistance Administration Act for who is a person with management or control of a provider.

Division 5Conditions for continued approval

46A  Minimum operating periods for approved child care services—suspension on request

             (1)  For the purposes of subsection 195C(3) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, this section prescribes the minimum period of operation for a child care service of an approved provider if the approval of the provider, or the approval of the provider in respect of one or more services, is suspended under subsection 197AA(3) of that Act (suspension on request).

             (2)  If the service is not an outside school hours care service, the minimum period of operation for the service for a year in which the whole, or a part, of the suspension occurs is:

                     (a)  if the period of suspension that occurs in the year is more than 48 weeks—nil;

                     (b)  otherwise—48 weeks, minus the period of suspension that occurs in the year.

             (3)  For an outside school hours care service, if the period of suspension that occurs in a year is more than 5 weeks, the minimum period of operation for the service for that year is nil.

             (4)  For the purposes of this section, a year is a period of 12 months starting on:

                     (a)  the day the provider is approved in respect of the child care service; or

                     (b)  the anniversary of that day.

47  Provision of care by an FDC educator to relatives

                   For section 195E of the Family Assistance Administration Act, it is a condition for continued approval in relation to an FDC service that the provider ensures that less than 50% of the children to whom any FDC educator is providing care within any CCS fortnight at the service are related to the FDC educator as:

                     (a)  a niece or nephew; or

                     (b)  a cousin; or

                     (c)  a grandchild (including a great‑grandchild).

47A  Approved provider must give certain information about third party payments

             (1)  For the purposes of section 195E of the Family Assistance Administration Act, if a payment prescribed by these Rules for the purposes of paragraph 2(2A)(c) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act is to be made to an approved provider in respect of a session of care provided to a child, it is a condition for continued approval that the provider give information to the individual eligible for CCS in respect of the child about the effect of that payment.

             (2)  The information must be provided as soon as practicable after the provider becomes aware that the payment is to be made.

48  Approved child care services must continue to be operated by approved provider and as the same service type

                   For section 195E of the Family Assistance Administration Act, it is a condition for continued approval that the approved child care service continues to be:

                     (a)  operated by the approved provider that:

                              (i)  applied for approval in respect of the service under section 194A of the Family Assistance Administration Act; or

                             (ii)  was taken to be the approved provider in respect of the service under paragraph 9(1)(a) of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act; and

                     (b)  operated as the same type of service that is:

                              (i)  specified in the notice of approval given by the Secretary under subsection 194B(4) of the Family Assistance Administration Act; or

                             (ii)  determined by the Secretary under subitem 9(2) of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act.

48A  Additional conditions for continued approval for approved providers of in home care services

             (1)  For section 195E of the Family Assistance Administration Act, this section sets out conditions for continued approval for a provider in respect of an IHC service.

Commitment to high quality child care

             (2)  The provider must, in the opinion of the Secretary, be equipped to provide high quality child care at the service appropriate to the needs of families and the community having regard to the provider’s ability and commitment to:

                     (a)  provide a tailored, individual education program based on each child’s knowledge, ideas, culture, abilities and interests; and

                     (b)  develop a program that acknowledges and strengthens the cultural identity of children to whom care is provided; and

                     (c)  ensure children are adequately supervised at all times; and

                     (d)  ensure reasonable precautions are taken to protect children from harm or injury and any hazard likely to cause harm or injury; and

                     (e)  ensure that at least one IHC educator who is caring for children at residential premises holds a current first aid qualification; and

                      (f)  do anything else the Secretary considers necessary or appropriate for the provision of high quality child care.

Serious incidents

             (3)  The provider must implement appropriate arrangements to manage serious incidents (see subsection (4)), including (without limitation) notifying the Secretary in writing within 24 hours after:

                     (a)  a serious incident occurs; or

                     (b)  a circumstance occurs that could have resulted in the occurrence of a serious incident.

             (4)  The following incidents are serious incidents:

                     (a)  the death of a child while being cared for by the service or as a result of an incident that occurred while being cared for by the service;

                     (b)  any incident involving injury, harm, trauma to, or illness of, a child while being cared for by the service for which:

                              (i)  the attention of a medical practitioner was sought, or ought reasonably to have been sought; or

                             (ii)  the child attended, or ought reasonably to have attended, a hospital;

                     (c)  any incident for which the attendance of emergency services at premises where care is usually provided is sought, or ought reasonably to have been sought;

                     (d)  a child being cared for:

                              (i)  is missing; or

                             (ii)  appears to have been taken or removed from the premises where the service provides the care in a manner that would contravene the Education and Care Services National Regulations, regardless of whether the regulations apply; or

                            (iii)  is accidentally locked in or locked out of the premises where the care is being provided or any part of those premises;

                     (e)  any other incident that would be required to be reported to the Regulator under any applicable WHS laws (within the meaning of subsection 49(6) of these Rules).

Insurance

             (5)  The provider must, at all times, have in place the following insurance policies:

                     (a)  workers compensation insurance in relation to the relevant IHC service as required by law; and

                     (b)  a current policy of insurance providing adequate cover for the relevant IHC service against public liability with a minimum cover of $10,000,000.

Number of children who can be cared for

             (6)  A provider of an IHC service must ensure that, whenever care is being provided by an IHC service:

                     (a)  there is at least one IHC educator for any group of up to five children; and

                     (b)  for any group of children referred to in paragraph (a), no more than four children are of preschool age or under (within the meaning of the Education and Care Services National Regulations).

Nomination of child in respect to whom individual is eligible

             (7)  Where a provider nominates a child for the purposes of subsection 15A(1) of these Rules, the nomination must be made in accordance with any preference expressed by the individual who would be eligible for CCS or ACCS in respect of that child, or their partner.

IHC Guidelines

             (8)  A provider of an IHC service must undertake to operate in a manner consistent with the In Home Care National Guidelines, as existing from time to time.

Note:          The In Home Care National Guidelines could in 2020 be viewed on the Department’s website.

Engagement with IHC Support Agencies

           (10)  A provider of an IHC service must undertake to:

                     (a)  only enrol a child for care after receiving a referral from an IHC Support Agency;

                     (b)  inform an IHC Support Agency when a child ceases to be enrolled at the service within 7 days of the cessation; and

                     (c)  otherwise provide reasonable assistance to and cooperate with an IHC Support Agency consistently with furthering the purpose of their role as set out in the In Home Care National Guidelines, as existing from time to time.

 

Note:          The In Home Care National Guidelines could in 2020 be viewed on the Department’s website.

49  Additional conditions for continued approval for child care services to which section 50 applies

             (1)  For section 195E of the Family Assistance Administration Act, this section sets out conditions of continued approval for a provider in respect of a child care service to which section 50 of these Rules (certain providers not required to meet State/Territory requirements) applies.

Commitment to high quality child care

             (2)  The provider must, in the opinion of the Secretary, be equipped to provide high quality child care at the service appropriate to the needs of families and the community having regard to the provider’s ability and commitment to:

                     (a)  provide a tailored, individual education program based on each child’s knowledge, ideas, culture, abilities and interests; and

                     (b)  develop a program that acknowledges and strengthens the cultural identity of children to whom care is provided at the service; and

                     (c)  ensure children are adequately supervised at all times; and

                     (d)  ensure reasonable precautions are taken to protect children from harm or injury and any hazard likely to cause harm or injury; and

                     (e)  ensure that at least one staff member who holds a current approved first aid qualification is on duty and present at the service at all times that care is being provided by the service; and

                      (f)  do anything else the Secretary considers necessary or appropriate for the provision of high quality child care at the service.

Serious incidents

             (3)  The provider must implement appropriate arrangements to manage serious incidents (see subsection (4)), including (without limitation) notifying the Secretary in writing within 24 hours after:

                     (a)  a serious incident occurs; or

                     (b)  a circumstance occurs that could have resulted in the occurrence of a serious incident.

             (4)  The following incidents are serious incidents:

                     (a)  the death of a child while being cared for by the service or as a result of an incident that occurred while being cared for by the service;

                     (b)  any incident involving injury, harm, trauma to, or illness of, a child while being cared for by the service for which:

                              (i)  the attention of a medical practitioner was sought, or ought reasonably to have been sought; or

                             (ii)  the child attended, or ought reasonably to have attended, a hospital;

                     (c)  any incident for which the attendance of emergency services at premises where care is usually provided is sought, or ought reasonably to have been sought;

                     (d)  a child being cared for:

                              (i)  is missing; or

                             (ii)  appears to have been taken or removed from the premises where the service provides the care in a manner that would contravene the Education and Care Services National Regulations, regardless of whether the regulations apply; or

                            (iii)  is accidentally locked in or locked out of the premises where the care is being provided or any part of those premises.

Work health and safety

             (5)  The provider must do the following things as part of managing workplace health and safety in relation to the service:

                     (a)  if required under the WHS laws to report to the Regulator a notifiable incident arising out of the provision of care by the service, the provider must also:

                              (i)  immediately, or as soon as possible afterwards, give written notice of the incident to the Secretary, together with a copy of any written notice given to the Regulator; and

                             (ii)  give the Secretary, within 14 days after the incident occurred, a report detailing the circumstances of the incident, the results of investigations into its cause, and any recommendations or strategies for prevention in the future;

                     (b)  give the Secretary written notice with full details of the following:

                              (i)  any suspected contravention of the WHS laws relating to the provision of care by the service within 24 hours after becoming aware of the suspected contravention;

                             (ii)  any cessation or direction to cease work under the WHS laws relating to the service due to unsafe work, immediately, or as soon as possible, after the provider is informed of any such cessation or direction;

                            (iii)  any workplace entry under the WHS laws by a WHS Entry Permit Holder, or an Inspector, to any premises of the service where care is being provided, within 24 hours of becoming aware of any such workplace entry;

                            (iv)  any proceedings against the provider, or any decision or request by the Regulator given to the provider, under the WHS laws, within 24 hours of becoming aware of any such proceedings, decision or request;

                     (c)  provide the Secretary with copies of all notices and correspondence issued to the provider by any person under the WHS laws, within 24 hours after receiving any such notice or correspondence.

             (6)  The WHS laws are the following:

                     (a)  the Work Health and Safety Act 2011;

                     (b)  any regulations or other instruments made under that Act;

                     (c)  any corresponding WHS laws within the meaning of that Act.

             (7)  A term used in subsection (5) has the same meaning as in the WHS laws.

Insurance

             (8)  The provider must, at all times, have in place the following insurance policies:

                     (a)  workers compensation insurance in relation to the service as required by law; and

                     (b)  a current policy of insurance providing adequate cover for the service against public liability with a minimum cover of $10,000,000.

Quality Improvement Plan

             (9)  A provider is required to have, within 6 months after the approval of the service, a written Quality Improvement Plan that:

                     (a)  is available to view by the Secretary on request; and

                     (b)  assesses the service’s strengths and weaknesses against each of the 7 key quality areas of the National Quality Standard of the National Quality Framework (which in 2017 could be viewed at http://acecqa.gov.au/national‑quality‑framework/the‑national‑quality‑standard).

           (10)  A provider is required to review annually the Quality Improvement Plan referred to in subsection (9) by reassessing the service’s strengths and weaknesses against each of the 7 key quality areas referred to in paragraph (9)(b), indicating progress and areas for improvement.

 


 

Division 5AAllocation of places to in home care services

49A  Application of Division

             (1)  This Division sets out allocation rules in relation to the allocation of places to in home care services for the purposes of section 198A of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph 198A(c) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, an approved child care service that is an in home care service is subject to the allocation rules.

49AA  What constitutes a child care place?

                   For the purposes of paragraph 198A(ba) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, a child care place for an approved child care service that is an in home care service is:

                     (a)  a place (a full‑time place) in respect of which 35 hours of in home care is provided to a child per week; or

                     (b)  a place in respect of which a number of hours making up a fraction of one or more full‑time places is provided to a child per week.

Note:          Examples for paragraph (b):

(a)    if a child care place is 0.5 of a full‑time place, it is a place in respect of which 17 hours and 30 minutes of in home care is provided to a child per week;

(b)    if a child care place is 1.2 of a full‑time place, it is a place in respect of which 42 hours of in home care is provide to a child per week.

49B  Matters to be taken into account in allocating places

            (1)   For paragraphs 198A(b) and (g) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, in working out the number of places to be allocated to an in home care service, or the number of allocated places to be reduced, the Secretary must take into account any recommendations provided by an In Home Care Support Agency.

             (2)  An In Home Care Support Agency is an entity engaged and funded by the Department responsible for child care matters to support the delivery of in home care in each State and Territory through a networked brokerage model.

49C  Maximum amount of child care places that can be allocated

             (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 198A(d) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, the maximum number of child care places that can be allocated to all in home care services is 3200 full‑time places (within the meaning of section 49AA of these Rules).

             (2)  In counting child care places for the purposes of subsection (1), take a place covered by paragraph 49AA(b) into account as an appropriate fraction of an equivalent full‑time place.

Division 6Certain child care services not required to meet State/Territory requirements

50  Certain providers not required to meet State/Territory requirements

             (1)  For section 199F of the Family Assistance Administration Act, a provider is specified in respect of a child care service if, on 30 June 2018:

                     (a)  a person or entity was in receipt of funding in respect of that service (see subsection (2)) under the Budget Based Funded program administered by the Department; and

                     (b)  that service was not approved for the purposes of the family assistance law.

Note:          At the time these Rules were made, paragraph 5(2)(k) of the Education and Care Services National Regulations exempted a service described in this subsection from being required to comply with the Education and Care Services National Law.

             (2)  The reference to “that service” in subsection (1) is taken to include a reference to a business or enterprise in respect of which any provider, after 2 July 2018, has obtained service approval under the family assistance law.

Example:    An operator, Mungo Shire Council, received funding under the Budget Based Funded program on 30 June 2018 in respect of Red Crayon Child Care Service. Mungo Shire Council decides it can no longer operate Red Crayon Child Care Service and KLP Pty Ltd takes over management of the service on 1 August 2018. The new provider applies for, and is granted, provider and service approval under the family assistance law effective from 1 August 2018 in respect of that service.  From 2 July 2018 up to transfer of management on 1 August 2018, Mungo Shire Council is specified under subsection (1) in respect of Red Crayon Child Care Service and, from 1 August 2018, KLP Pty Ltd is specified in respect of Red Crayon Child Care Service.

             (3)  For section 199F of the Family Assistance Administration Act, the following providers are specified in respect of the following child care services:

 

Item

This provider…

…is specified in respect of this/these child care service/s

1

MacDonnell Regional Council

(a) Areyonga Early Learning Centre (Lydia Dora Crèche)

(b) Docker River Crèche

(c) Papunya Crèche

2

Life Without Barriers (ACN 101 252 171)

Lajamanu Childcare Centre (Lajamanu Crèche)

3

Tiwi Islands Regional Council

Milikapiti Crèche

4

Deewin Kirim Aboriginal Corporation

Peppimenarti Crèche

5

Mungoorbada Aboriginal Corporation

Robinson River Crèche

6

Timber Creek School Council

Timber Creek Little Crocs Crèche

7

Victoria Daly Regional Council

Karuwalijawu (Yarralin) Crèche

8

Banyan Park Playcentre Incorporated

Banyan Park Playcentre

 

             (4)  For section 199F of the Family Assistance Administration Act, a provider is specified in respect of a service where the service was formed by an amalgamation or merger involving at least one of the services mentioned in, or covered by, subsection (1), (2) or (3) of this section.

51  Certain providers not subject to minimum operating period

                   For paragraph 199F(b) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, section 195C of that Act (about a minimum operating period) is prescribed.

Note:          Paragraph 199F(b) states that a provider of a child care service specified under the Minister’s rules made for section 199F are not required to satisfy or comply with a provision prescribed in the Minister’s rules. Section 50 of these Rules specifies the providers that are not required to comply with the minimum operating period referred to in section 195C.

 

Division 7 Consequences of breach of conditions for continued approval

52  Matters the Secretary must take into account in exercising the power to impose a sanction on an approved provider

             (1)  This section prescribes matters for subsection 195H(2) of the Family Assistance Administration Act to be taken into account by the Secretary in relation to the exercise of a power to impose a sanction under subsection 195H(1) of that Act for having not complied, or not complying, with a condition (or conditions) of the provider’s continued approval.

             (2)  This section does not limit the matters the Secretary may take into account for that purpose.

Whether to impose a sanction

             (3)  In deciding whether to impose a sanction on the provider, the Secretary must take into account whether the provider’s non‑compliance:

                     (a)  appears to be an isolated incident or forms part of a history of apparent contraventions engaged in by the provider; or

                     (b)  has resulted in overpayments of CCS and ACCS, or is likely to result in such overpayments; or

                     (c)  involves a failure to reasonably cooperate with a person exercising powers under the family assistance law; or

                     (d)  involves the deliberate or reckless giving of inaccurate, false or misleading information to the Secretary, including in a report under subsection 204B(1) of the Family Assistance Administration Act; or

                     (e)  is associated with a debt to the Commonwealth (whether or not discharged) under Division 2 of Part 4 of the Family Assistance Administration Act; or

                     (g)  is associated with any other relevant aggravating or mitigating factors in relation to the non‑compliance.

Which sanction to impose

             (4)  The Secretary must take into account the following matters in considering which sanction to impose:

                     (a)  whether it would be more appropriate to exercise the power to suspend the provider’s approval under paragraph 195H(1)(a) of the Family Assistance Administration Act rather than to impose a different sanction, having regard to the following matters:

                              (i)  whether the provider’s non‑compliance is of a systemic and ongoing nature (taking into account that systemic and ongoing contraventions may be more appropriately dealt with through cancellation rather than suspension);

                             (ii)  whether the provider’s non‑compliance has resulted in significant debts of CCS and ACCS, or is likely to result in overpayments of CCS or ACCS if the approval is not suspended (taking into account that the higher the debts or overpayments, the more appropriate it is to cancel rather than suspend);

                            (iii)  any other relevant matters;

                     (b)  whether it would be more appropriate to cancel the provider’s approval under paragraph 195H(1)(b) of that Act rather than to impose a different sanction, having regard to the following matters:

                              (i)  whether the non‑compliance has resulted in significant and multiple overpayments of CCS and ACCS, or is likely to result in such overpayments if the approval is not cancelled;

                             (ii)  whether the non‑compliance indicates a deliberate or reckless disregard for the obligation to comply with the condition, or a lack of ability to understand that obligation;

                            (iii)  whether the non‑compliance demonstrates that the provider is no longer a fit and proper person to provide a child care service for the purposes of section 194E of the Family Assistance Administration Act;

                            (iv)  whether the non‑compliance constitutes an unacceptable risk to the safety, health or wellbeing of children being cared for in one or more child care services for which the provider is approved;

                             (v)  any other relevant matters.

53  Matters the Secretary must have regard to in specifying the day of effect of a revocation of a suspension

             (1)  This section prescribes matters for subsection 195H(6) of the Family Assistance Administration Act to be taken into account by the Secretary in specifying the day of effect of the revocation of a suspension of a provider’s approval (under subsection (1) of that section) for non‑compliance with a condition (or conditions) of the provider’s continued approval.

             (2)  This section does not limit the matters the Secretary may take into account for that purpose.

             (3)  The Secretary must take into account the following matters:

                     (a)  whether the provider is now complying (to the extent it is possible to do so whilst suspended) with all conditions for continued approval, and if so, whether it is appropriate to specify that the revocation of suspension is to take effect immediately;

                     (b)  if relevant, the date on which the provider remedied the non‑compliance, and if so, whether it is appropriate to specify that date as the day of effect;

                     (c)  if the provider is not yet able to comply with all conditions for continued approval, whether the provider has demonstrated the ability to do so by a specified date in the future, and if so, whether it is appropriate to specify that date as the day of effect;

                     (d)  if the Secretary is satisfied that the suspension should never have taken place, whether it is appropriate for the revocation to take effect from the day of suspension.

Division 8Backdating of approvals etc.

54  Modifications dealing with backdated approval

             (1)  Under subsection 199G(1) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, the Family Assistance Act and the Family Assistance Administration Act are modified as set out in this section in relation to a period (the period of backdated approval):

                     (a)  beginning on the day specified in a notice of approval in respect of a child care service (as mentioned in paragraph 199G(1)(a) or (b) of that Act), or a notice of the revocation of the suspension of such an approval (as mentioned in paragraph 199G(1)(d) of that Act); and

                     (b)  ending on the day the Secretary gave such a notice.

Family Assistance Act

             (2)  Paragraph 85CB(2)(c) of the Family Assistance Act is modified so that a certificate of risk of serious abuse or neglect given in accordance with section 85CB of that Act can be specified to take effect earlier than 28 days before the day the certificate is given, but no earlier than the first day of the period of backdated approval.

             (3)  Paragraph 85CH(6)(a) of the Family Assistance Act is modified so that a determination of temporary financial hardship made under section 85CH of that Act can be specified to take effect earlier than 28 days before the day the application was made, or the determination was made, but no earlier than the first day of the period of backdated approval.

Family Assistance Administration Act

             (4)  Paragraph 204B(2)(d) of the Family Assistance Administration Act is modified so that the period of time in which the approved provider must submit a report in accordance with section 204B of that Act (that is, in respect of each week in which a session of care is provided to a child during the period of backdated approval) is extended to no longer than 14 days after the period of backdated approval.

             (5)  Subsection 204K(1) of the Family Assistance Administration Act is modified so that the period of time in which the approved provider must notify an appropriate State/Territory support agency in accordance with that section is extended to no longer than 6 weeks after the period of backdated approval.

Part 5Provider requirements

Division 1AExemption from enforcing payment of hourly session fees

54A  Exemption for COVID‑19

             (1)  This section sets out, for the purposes of subsection 201B(1A) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, the conditions for when a provider is not required to take reasonable steps under section 201B of that Act in relation to a session of care provided by a service to a child.

Particular event or circumstance—COVID‑19

             (2)  The particular event or circumstance is the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Condition

             (3)  A condition is that the child did not attend the session of care in the following circumstances:

(a)  the service is closed because a health agency has advised or required the service to close as a result of the COVID‑19 pandemic;

(b)  the service is not closed.

          (3A)  In addition, if the session of care was provided by a FDC service or an IHC service that is not closed, it is a condition that the Secretary has not, since 2 July 2018, made a decision under Division 4 of Part 8 of the Family Assistance Administration Act (other than a decision under section 197AA or section 197C), or given a notice under section 199A of that Act, in relation to the service or the approved child care provider of the service.

Period

             (4)  Where paragraph (3)(a) applies, the period is the period:

                     (a)  beginning on the day the child care service closes as a result of the advice or requirement referred to in paragraph (3)(a); and

                     (b)  ending on the earlier of:

                              (i)  the last day in the period that the health agency advises or requires the child care service to be closed; and

                             (ii)  30 June 2020.

          (4A)  Where paragraph (3)(b) applies, the period is the period beginning on 23 March 2020 and ending on 30 June 2020.

Meaning of health agency

             (5)  In these Rules, a health agency is a government agency with responsibility for human health.

Division 1Requirement to notify Secretary of certain matters

55  Matters that must be notified to the Secretary

                   For subsection 204F(1) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, an approved provider must give the Secretary written notice of the matters prescribed in the table below, by the time prescribed in the table.

 

Item

Matter to be notified

When notification needs to be provided

1

Fees

1.1 Information on the fees for care for each approved child care service of the provider as notified to individuals who may enrol their child for care at the service (whether expressed in a contract for services, however described, through any fee charging policies, or as published by the service through marketing, advertising or any other promotional material or means) (fee information). The fee to be notified to the Secretary is:

(a) where fees are advertised on a daily or sessional basis, the fees that apply daily or to sessions of care, as applicable; or

(b) the total hourly fee advertised by the provider for care provided by the service,

expressed before any fee reduction amounts (as set out in section 67EB of the Family Assistance Administration Act) or other rebates and discounts are applied, which may otherwise reduce the total fee.

1.2 Where the fee information is provided on a daily or sessional basis (under paragraph 1.1(a)), the number of hours in each session of care to which the fee relates.

1.3 Any change to the fee information.

1.1.1 If the provider is taken to be approved in respect of the service under item 9 of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act—within 14 days after the commencement day.

1.1.2 If the provider is approved in respect of the service under Part 8 of the Family Assistance Administration Act—within 14 days after the day on which the provider is given the notice of approval under subsection 194B(4) of the that Act.

1.2 Within 14 days after the change.

2

Operating hours

2.1  Information on the hours and days on which each approved child care service of the provider operates, with opening and closing times notified in 24 hour format (operating hours information).

2.2 Any change to the operating hours information.

2.1.1  If the provider is  taken to be approved in respect of the service under item 9 of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act—within 14 days after the commencement day.

2.1.2 If the provider is approved in respect of the service under Part 8 of the Family Assistance Administration Act—within 14 days after the day on which the provider is given the notice of approval under subsection 194B(4) of that Act.

2.2 Within 14 days after the change.

3

Whether the provider has any vacancies available to fill in respect of each of its approved child care services in relation to the following week.

A vacancy is:

(a) for a centre‑based day care service or an FDC service—an ongoing full day or session vacancy as applicable; and

(b) for an outside school hours care service—an ongoing full session vacancy.

By 8:00 pm each Friday.

4

Ceasing to operate an approved child care service, if the provider is not required to give notice under section 204A of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

Within 24 hours after ceasing to operate the service.

5

Change of physical or postal address of the provider.

No later than 30 days before the change, or, if the change was not foreseeable at that time, as soon as practicable.

6

Change of physical or postal address of the premises from which any of the provider’s approved child care service operates.

No later than 30 days before the change or, if the change was not foreseeable at that time, as soon as practicable.

7

Change to the name of the provider, including evidence of name change.

Within 14 days after the change.

8

Change to the name of any of the provider’s approved child care services, including evidence of name change.

Within 14 days after the change.

9

Change of any of the following contact details of the provider, or of any of the provider’s approved child care services:

(a) an email address;

(b) a website;

(c) a telephone number;

(d) a fax number.

Within 14 days after the change.

10

Information about any new person:

(a) with management or control of the provider (including any person who becomes responsible for the day‑to‑day operation of any of the provider’s approved child care services); or

(b) who becomes an FDC educator or IHC educator in relation to any such service.

The information must include:

(c) the name and contact details of the new person; and

(d) a declaration that the checks required by section 43 have been carried out as that section applies in relation to the new person, together with details of the new person’s current working with children check.

Within 7 days after the new person becomes a person with management or control of the provider, or an FDC educator or IHC educator.

11

Change of the name of or contact details for any of the following persons:

(a) a person with management or control of the provider (including any person who is responsible for the day‑to‑day operation of any of the provider’s approved child care services);

(b) an FDC educator or IHC educator in relation to any such service.

Within 7 days after the provider becomes aware of the change.

12

The provider becomes aware, because of a check undertaken in relation to a person as mentioned in section 43, that the person:

(a) has a conviction or finding of guilt (a serious conviction or finding of guilt) for any of the following offences under a law of Australia or of a foreign country:

(i) an indictable offence punishable by a maximum of 2 years imprisonment or 40 penalty units;

(ii) an offence involving violence, or a sexual offence;

(iii) an offence involving fraud, stealing or dishonesty; or

(b) is an undischarged bankrupt; or

(c) was a director or secretary of a corporation when the corporation went into administration, receivership or liquidation, or at any time during the 12 months beforehand.

Note:       A criminal history check is required under section 43 for any person with management or control of the provider, any person with responsibility for the day‑to‑day operation of a service, or an FDC educator or IHC educator in relation to any of the provider’s approved child care services. The checks under that section which may disclose bankruptcy or administration, receivership or liquidation only apply to a person with management or control of the provider other than a person responsible for the day‑to‑day operation of any of the provider’s approved child care services.

Within 7 days after the provider receives a record of the check.

13

An event or circumstance in relation to a person with management or control of the provider (including a person responsible for the day‑to‑day operation of any of the provider’s approved child care services) that reasonably indicates that the person is not likely to be a fit and proper person to be involved in the administration of CCS and ACCS.

Within 7 days after the provider becomes aware of the event or circumstance.

14

A person stops having management or control of the provider (including when a person stops having day‑to‑day responsibility for the operation of any of the provider’s approved child care services).

The provider must also notify the Secretary of when, and the reason why, the person stopped having management or control of the provider.

Within 7 days after the person stops having management or control of the provider.

15

An educator obtains a qualification in circumstances outlined in subsection 46(4) of these Rules.

Within 7 days after the provider becomes aware of the matter.

16

A provider or a person with management or control of the provider, obtains an interest, or is likely to obtain an interest, in a business, in circumstances outlined in subsection 46(5) of these Rules.

Note:       Subsection 46(5) refers to circumstances where an interest in a business may affect the provider or person’s ability to comply with the family assistance law, where the approval may benefit the business or where a conflict of interest might reasonably be perceived to exist.

Within 7 days of the provider becoming aware of the matter.

17

Change in the status of a current working with children check for an individual covered by section 195D of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

Note:       A change in status of a current working with children check in relation to an individual will occur where the individual obtains a new check, or the current check is renewed, extended, suspended, revoked, lapsed or expired.

Within 24 hours after the provider becomes aware of the change in status.

18

The provider enters into administration, receivership, liquidation or bankruptcy.

The provider must also notify the Secretary of the details of this event.

Within 24 hours after the event.

19

Unexpected closure of any of the provider’s approved child care services due to unforeseen circumstances.

Within 24 hours after the closure.

20

A serious conviction or finding of guilt (see item 12) of:

(a) a person with management or control of the provider (including a person who becomes responsible for the day‑to‑day operation of any of the provider’s approved child care services); or

(b) an FDC educator, or another educator, in relation to any such service.

Within 24 hours after the provider becomes aware of the charging, conviction or finding of guilt.

Division 2Requirements in relation to children of a prescribed class of sessions of care for which there is no eligibility for CCS

56  Requirements in relation to care given at FDC services to children of FDC educators

             (1)  The section sets out requirements for paragraph 204G(1)(a) of the Family Assistance Administration Act in relation to a provider that provides a session of care in circumstances:

                     (a)  in which paragraph 8(1)(d) of these Rules apply; or

                     (b)  in which paragraph 8(1)(d) of these Rules may apply, but in which the provider considers that it does not apply because of circumstances applying under subsection 8(2) of these Rules.

             (2)  The provider must keep a register, in a form and manner approved by the Secretary, that sets out the following:

                     (a)  the name of the individual who would otherwise be eligible for CCS in relation to the session of care;

                     (b)  the name of the FDC educator (whether this is the individual described in paragraph (a) or the partner of that individual) and their child care personnel ID;

                     (c)  the relevant child and her or his CRN;

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

                     (e)  identifying details (such as a name or unique identifier) of the approved child care service at which the session of care was provided;

                      (f)  if the provider considers that the prescribed circumstances in subsection 8(2) apply, whether this is because:

                              (i)  the child is an eligible disability child; or

                             (ii)  the child is an eligible ISP child; or

                            (iii)  the child is a remote area child; or

                            (iv)  paragraph 8(2)(d) applies to the relevant FDC educator (because the FDC educator works or studies).

             (3)  The register must be updated:

                     (a)  within 14 days after the end of the week in which each applicable session of care is provided (unless paragraph (b) applies); or

                     (b)  if the week is in a period, or a series of consecutive periods, to which a payment under section 205A of the Family Assistance Administration Act relates—within 14 days after the end of the period, or the last such period; or

                     (c)  if an enrolment notice is given under subsection 200A(2) of the Family Assistance Administration Act in relation to a child to whom subsection (2) of this section applies—by the day the enrolment notice is required to be given under that subsection of that Act.

Part 6Business continuity payments

Division 1General

57AA  Application

                   This Division applies to a business continuity payment to a provider in relation to a service for a period to which Division 2 does not apply.

57  Circumstances in which a business continuity payment may be made

                   For paragraph 205A(1)(c) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, if a provider fails to give a report under subsection 204B(1) of that Act by the time required under that section, a payment under section 205A of that Act (a business continuity payment) may only be made if the Secretary is satisfied that the failure is directly due to circumstances which:

                     (a)  are beyond the control of the approved provider; and

                     (b)  prevent the provider from giving the report by the required time.

Note:       The time required for a report is set out in paragraph 204B(2)(d) of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

58  Method of determining payment amount

             (1)  For paragraph 205A(2)(a) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, the amount of a business continuity payment is the sum of the weekly payments as worked out under section 59 or 60 of these Rules (as applicable) for each week in the period specified in the notice given to the approved provider under subsection 205A(4) of that Act.

Rounding up or down

             (2)  If the amount of a business continuity payment under subsection (1) is not a multiple of $100, the amount is to be rounded to the nearest multiple of $100 (rounding up an amount that is a multiple of $50 but not $100).

59  Weekly amount where the provider has previously received a fee reduction amount in respect of the service

             (1)  Where an approved provider has, during a period (the test period), previously been paid one or more fee reduction amounts under section 67EB of the Family Assistance Administration Act, the amount of the business continuity payment for the weeks to which it relates (the business continuity period) is the average of the fee reduction amounts received by the provider in respect of a child care service for sessions of care provided in a week during the test period.

             (2)  In determining the test period for subsection (1), the Secretary must choose a similar period to the business continuity period, having regard, without limitation, to:

                     (a)  whether or not the periods intersected with school holidays; and

                     (b)  the likely number of children in care; and

                     (c)  the time of year.

Note:          For the definition of fee reduction amount, see section 67EB of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

60  Weekly amount where the provider has not previously received a fee reduction amount in respect of the service

             (1)  Where an approved provider has not previously received any fee reduction amounts in respect of a child care service, the weekly amount is calculated using the following formula:

             (2)  In subsection (1):

                   estimated number of children in care for the week means:

                     (a)  in respect of all service types, except an IHC service—the number of children for which the Secretary estimates the service has provided a session of care during a week in which the business continuity payment is to be made, determined by reference to any information held by the Secretary, including (without limitation) information in enrolment notices given under section 200A of the Family Assistance Administration Act; and

                     (b)  in respect of an IHC service—the Secretary’s best estimate of the children for whom individuals may be eligible for the sessions of care in that week, having regard to section 15A of these Rules.

Note:          CCS hourly rate cap has the meaning given by subclause 2(3) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act.

Division 2Coronavirus response business continuity payments

60A  Application

                   This Division applies to a business continuity payment to a provider in relation to a service and a report under subsection 204B(1) of the Family Assistance Administration Act for a week occurring in the period beginning on 6 April 2020 and ending on 28 June 2020.

60B  Definition

                   In this Division:

reference fortnight means:

                     (a)  in relation to an OSHC service that provides only vacation care—the fortnight starting on the first Monday of the school holidays between school Term 3 and Term 4 in 2019 in the State or Territory in which the service is located; and

                     (b)  in relation to any other kind of service—the fortnight starting 17 February 2020.

60C  Circumstances in which a business continuity payment may be made

                   For paragraph 205A(1)(c) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, if a provider fails to give a report under subsection 204B(1) of that Act in relation to a service by the time required under that section, a business continuity payment may be made if the Secretary is satisfied that the failure is due to circumstances which:

                     (a)  are beyond the control of the provider; and

                     (b)  prevent the service from giving the report by the required time.

Note:       The time required for a report is set out in paragraph 204B(2)(d) of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

60D  Method of determining payment amount

             (1)  For paragraph 205A(2)(a) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, the amount of a business continuity payment is the sum of the weekly payments as worked out under sections 60E and 60F of these Rules for each week in the period specified in the notice given to the approved provider under subsection 205A(4) of that Act.

Rounding up or down

             (2)  If the amount of a business continuity payment under subsection (1) is not a multiple of $100, the amount is to be rounded to the nearest multiple of $100 (rounding up an amount that is a multiple of $50 but not $100).

60E  Base weekly amount where service received a fee reduction amount during reference fortnight

             (1)  Where an approved service has, during the reference fortnight, been paid one or more fee reduction amounts under section 67EB of the Family Assistance Administration Act, the amount of the business continuity payment for each week to which it relates is the sum of reference hourly fees for all sessions of care provided by the service during the reference fortnight, divided by two.

Note:          For the definition of fee reduction amount, see section 67EB of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

             (2)  For subsection (1), the reference hourly fee for a session of care is 50 per cent of the lower of:

                     (a)  the hourly session fee for the session; and

                     (b)  the CCS hourly rate cap for the session.

Note:          The CCS hourly rate cap for a session of care is set out in the table at subitem 2(3) of Schedule 2 to the Family Assistance Act.

             (3)  Despite subsection (1), the amount of business continuity payment in relation to a service for a week is nil if:

                     (a)  the Secretary is satisfied that the provider has failed to comply with any requirements on the payment of business continuity payments set out in the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package Payment Conditions document, as published by the Department from time to time; or

Note:          In 2020, the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package Payment Conditions document was available on the Department’s website at www.dese.gov.au.

                     (b)  the provider receives fees in relation to sessions of care provided to children during the week by services of the provider; or

                     (c)  the service is closed for a reason other than because a health agency has advised or required the service to close because of the COVID‑19 pandemic; or

                     (d)  there are no children enrolled for care by the service during the week.

60F  Supplementary amounts

                   The amount of business continuity payment under this section is the amount worked out in accordance with the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package Payment Conditions document, as published by the Department from time to time.

Note:          In 2020, the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package Payment Conditions document was available on the Department’s website at www.dese.gov.au.

Part 6AApplication, savings and transitional provisions

Division 1Amendments made by the Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Amendment (Building on the Child Care Package and Other Measures) Rules 2020

60A  Definitions

                   In this Division:

amending rules means the Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Amendment (Building on the Child Care Package and Other Measures) Rules 2020.

commencement day means the day Part 1 of Schedule 1 to the amending rules commence.

old rules means the Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Rules 2017, as in force immediately before the commencement day.

60B  Application—additional criteria for eligibility for ACCS payments

                   The amendments of subsection 13(7) (transition to work—study requirements) by the amending rules apply in relation to the first CCS fortnight to occur wholly after the commencement day, and each later CCS fortnight.

Part 7Transitional rules for the Jobs for Families Act

Division 1Preliminary

61  Nature of transitional rules

                   This Part is made for item 12 of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act.

Division 2Continuity of certain matters

62  Continuity of absences

             (1)  Paragraph 10(2)(b) of the Family Assistance Act (as in force on or after the commencement day) is modified so that:

                     (a)  the reference to an enrolment in subparagraph 10(2)(b)(i) of that Act includes a reference to an enrolment at a child care service that occurred before the commencement day for which the relevant approved provider was taken to be approved under item 9 of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act; and

                     (b)  the reference in subparagraph 10(2)(b)(ii) of that Act to the day that the child first attended a session of care includes attendance that occurred before the commencement day in relation to the enrolment referred to in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

             (2)  However, after the commencement day, a session of care is only taken to have been provided by a child care service to a child under subsection 10(2) of the Family Assistance Act because of subsection (1) of this section, despite the child’s absence during that session, where:

                     (a)  before the absence, the child physically attended a session of care at that child care service on or after 18 June 2018; and

                     (b)  after the absence, the child returns to physically attend a session of care at that child care service before 16 July 2018.

             (3)  Paragraph 10(2)(c) of the Family Assistance Act (as in force on or after the commencement day) is modified so that an absence day that occurs on 1 July 2018 may be counted towards the 41 days referred to in that paragraph.

             (4)  To avoid doubt, if:

                     (a)  a child is absent from a session of care provided by an approved child care service on a day before the commencement day; and

                     (b)  the child returns to physically attend a session of care provided by the same service for the first time after the commencement day;

subparagraph 10(2)(b)(iii) of the Family Assistance Act (which ensures absences cannot occur for days after a service permanently ceases to provide care), as continued in force on and after the commencement day by item 8 of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act, is taken to refer to the service as approved for CCS purposes in relation to eligibility for child care benefit for sessions of care that occurred before the commencement day.

62A  Continuity of immunisation grace period during transition

             (1)  Where all of the following apply:

                     (a)  the Secretary has, before the commencement day, issued a notice to an individual under section 57E of the Family Assistance Administration Act that has caused a 63 day notice period as referred to in subparagraph 42(1)(c)(iii) of the Family Assistance Act (as in force immediately before the commencement day) to begin operating in relation to the individual and the child;

                     (b)  the 63 day notice period is still underway on the day immediately before the commencement day;

                     (c)  the child does not meet the immunisation requirements set out in section 6 of the Family Assistance Act on the commencement day; and

                     (d)  the individual, in respect of the child, is taken to have made a claim for CCS under item 3 of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act;

                            then, from the commencement day, the child is taken to meet the immunisation requirements for the purposes of subparagraph 85BA(1)(a)(iii) of the Family Assistance Act under this provision for the purposes of eligibility for CCS or ACCS until the 63 day notice period has expired.

             (2)  To avoid doubt, where a child meets the immunisation requirements in respect of a session of care for a day under subsection (1), the immunisation grace period referred to in subsection 67CD(9) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, does not yet apply in respect of that day.

 

Division 3Limitations and other matters

63  Limitation on amendments to attendance reports

                   Section 219N of the Family Assistance Administration Act, as continued in force on and after the commencement day by item 10 of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act, has effect in respect of sessions of care that occurred before the commencement day with the following modifications:

                     (a)  a report may only be substituted under subsection 219N(7) of the Family Assistance Administration Act within 28 days after the commencement day;

                     (b)  the Secretary may, under subsection 219N(7) of that Act, substitute a report submitted by an approved child care service with a report (the substituted report) containing information that the Secretary considers to be more accurate than information in the report submitted by the service, but only where the Secretary has given the service 14 days to consider the substituted report and provide any submissions in respect of its accuracy.

64  Certain operators of existing approved child care services not deemed to be approved providers under the family assistance law

                   Notwithstanding item 9 of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act, an operator of an approved child care service within the meaning of the Family Assistance Administration Act as in force immediately before the commencement day, is not taken to be an approved provider or approved in respect of a service (under paragraph (1)(a) of that item) on and after commencement day if:

                     (a)  the operator was approved in respect of an application made on or after 1 April 2018, under the family assistance law as in force before the commencement day, for which the Secretary had made a determination that exceptional circumstances existed justifying the making of the application under subsection 41(2) of these Rules; or

                     (b)  the operator made an application before 1 April 2018, under the family assistance law as in force before the commencement day, and was approved in respect of that application on or after 1 April 2018.

65  Special rate of child care benefit for periods prior to commencement day

                   Subdivision C of Division 4 of Part 4 of the Family Assistance Act, as continued in force by item 10 of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act, has effect on and after the commencement day with the following modifications:

                     (a)  a certificate under subsection 76(1) or (2) of the Family Assistance Act, and an application under section 81 of that Act, can only be given or made, on or after the commencement day, in respect of sessions of care that were provided before the commencement day if they are given or made within 28 days after the commencement day, and relate to sessions of care that occurred no earlier than 28 days before the commencement day;

                     (b)  an application under section 81 of the Family Assistance Act that is not received by the Secretary within 28 days after the commencement day is taken not to have been made;

                     (c)  a certificate under subsections 76(1) or (2) of that Act that was given before the commencement day in relation to a period that begins after the commencement day is taken to have not been given at all.

66  Limitations on determinations of temporary financial hardship

             (1)  Where, in respect of a period (the first period) ending before the commencement day, the special rate of child care benefit is payable because of a certificate given under subparagraph 76(1)(b)(ii) of the Family Assistance Act, a determination of temporary financial hardship under section 85CH of that Act (as amended by the Jobs for Families Act) must include the first period in calculating the 13 weeks referred to in subsection 85CH(7) of the Family Assistance Act as so amended.

             (2)  Subsection (1) only applies if the event that gave rise to the hardship in respect of the first period is the same event on the basis of which the determination of temporary financial hardship under section 85CH of that Act as so amended is made.

67  Debts arising from overpayments made before the commencement day

             (1)  In addition to the effect of item 8 of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act in respect of a debt arising from overpayments made before the commencement day, a debt arising (and as owed by either an operator or an individual) in relation to overpayments of child care benefit or child care rebate may also be recovered as if the debt was a debt of CCS or ACCS.

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), a debt of child care benefit or child care rebate arising after the commencement day, or that is still unpaid on the commencement day, may be recovered by reducing payments of CCS or ACCS (and if so, the debt is taken to have been repaid to the extent of the reduction).

67A  Outstanding enrolment advances after the commencement day

When approval is cancelled after the commencement day

             (1)  Notwithstanding the repeal of section 71G of the Family Assistance Administration Act by item 97 of Schedule 1 to the Jobs for Families Act, and to clarify the effect of item 10 of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act in relation to enrolment advances, if:

                     (a)  after the commencement day, the approval of a provider is cancelled or the approval of a provider is varied so that the provider is not approved in respect of one or more child care services under Part 8 of the Family Assistance Administration Act; and

                     (b)  at the time of cancellation or variation of approval as referred to in paragraph (a), an amount (the remaining amount) of an enrolment advance that had been paid under section 219RA of the Family Assistance Administration Act, in relation to an enrolment at a child care service that no provider has approval in respect of as a result of the cancellation or variation, had not already been set off under section 219RC, or another provision, of the Family Assistance Administration Act (including as saved by subsection (3)),

                   then the remaining amount is a debt due to the Commonwealth by the provider as if subsection 71G(3) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, as in force immediately before the commencement day, had not been repealed (reading the reference to “the service” as a reference to the relevant provider).

             (2)  To avoid doubt, a debt arising under subsection (1) may be recovered under the Family Assistance Administration Act as in force on and from the commencement day.

Setting off when provider still holds approval in respect of service

             (3)  Notwithstanding the repeal of section 219RC of the Family Assistance Administration Act by item 205 of Schedule 1 to the Jobs for Families Act, and to further clarify the effect of item 10 of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act in relation to an enrolment advance:

                     (a)  after the commencement day, section 219RC of the Family Assistance Administration Act, as in force immediately before the commencement day, is to be taken to remain in force as if it had not been repealed; and

                     (b)  the setting off described in subsections 219RC(1) and (4) (when enrolment ceases or when the enrolment began at least 4 years ago) is to apply after the commencement day in respect of one or more child care service payments that are to be made in respect of child care provided at any of the services of the relevant approved provider, when, as applicable:

                              (i)  enrolment had already ceased under the family assistance law as in force before the commencement day and setting off was underway immediately before the commencement day but the setting off had not recovered the entire enrolment advance (in which case setting off under subsection 219RC(1) continues to apply until the enrolment advance is recovered);

                             (ii)  enrolment ceases under paragraph 200B(1)(b) of the Family Assistance Administration Act after the commencement day (in which case setting off under subsection 219RC(1) applies); or

                            (iii)  at least 4 years have passed since the day the relevant enrolment began (in which case setting off under subsection 219RC(4) applies).

             (4)  The reference to relevant approved provider in subsection (3) is a reference to the approved provider that obtained approval under item 9 of the Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act after having been, before the commencement day, the “person who operates” the service in respect of which the relevant enrolment advance was initially paid as referred to in subsection 219RC(1) or (4) of the Family Assistance Administration Act as applicable.

68  Lump sum payments in respect of sessions of care before the commencement day

                   On and after the commencement day, a claim for payment of child care benefit for a past period of care provided by an approved child care service, must not be made after 30 June 2019.

Division 4Determining deemed claims for CCS

69  Deemed claims for CCS that cannot be determined before 24 September 2018

                   If, before 24 September 2018, the Secretary is unable to determine a deemed claim for CCS for an individual that was taken to have been made under item 3 of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act because the individual has not provided information requested by the Secretary for the purposes of determining the claim, then, on 24 September 2018, the claim is taken to have been refused under paragraph 67CC(1)(b) of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

Division 4ADeterminations for ACCS (child wellbeing) during transition period

69A  Determinations for ACCS (child wellbeing) during transition period

             (1)  Section 85CE of the Family Assistance Act is modified in accordance with this section.

             (2)  After subsection 85CE(4), insert:

        “(4A)  Also, if:

                     (a)  the Secretary is satisfied that a child was at risk of serious abuse or neglect on a day before 1 July 2019 (an at risk day); and

                     (b)  an approved child care service provided a session of care to the child on the day;

the Secretary may make a written determination under this section on his or her own initiative.”

             (3)  Omit paragraph 85CE(5)(a), substitute:

                    “(a)  specify the day it takes effect, which:

                              (i)  must be the Monday of a week that includes an at risk day; and

                             (ii)  if the determination is made under subsection (3)—cannot be more than 28 days before the application was made; and”

Division 5Backdating applications for ACCS (grandparent)

70  ACCS (grandparent) applications made on or before 23 September 2018

                   Notwithstanding subsection 67CD(5) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, if an application for ACCS (grandparent) is made by an individual under paragraph 67CD(4)(a) of the Family Assistance Administration Act on or before 23 September 2018 and the individual had, before the commencement day, received the special grandparent rate of child care benefit in relation to the child in respect of whom the application is made, the Secretary, if satisfied that the individual is entitled to ACCS (grandparent), may make a determination under subsection 67CD(4) of the Family Assistance Administration Act for a week that begins more than 28 days prior to the application, but no earlier than 2 July 2018.

Division 6Arrangements and enrolments of children prior to the commencement day

71  Pre‑commencement arrangements taken to be complying written arrangements

             (1)  Where, before the commencement day, the operator (the relevant operator) of an approved child care service (the relevant service) had notified the Secretary of an enrolment of a child (the relevant child) by an individual under section 219A of the Family Assistance Administration Act (as in force immediately before the commencement day) following the entry into an arrangement (the old arrangement) for the provision of child care to the child by the service (as referred to in subsection 219A(2)) and the enrolment had not ceased under section 219AD of the Family Assistance Administration Act, then, from 2 July 2018 until 23 September 2018 (including those days), the family assistance law is modified so that:

                     (a)  the old arrangement is taken to be a complying written arrangement for the purposes of paragraph 85BA(1)(b) of the Family Assistance Act;

                     (b)  an enrolment notice under section 200A of the Family Assistance Administration Act must be provided (including as generated by the Secretary based on information known by the Secretary) in relation to the old arrangement as if the enrolment commenced on 2 July 2018; and

                     (c)  the relevant child is taken to be enrolled for care by the relevant service for the purposes of section 200B of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

             (2)  Where subsection (1) applies:

                     (a)  between 2 July 2018 and 23 September 2018 (including those days), the approved provider who had been the relevant operator is required to report any sessions of care provided to the child because the precondition in paragraph 204B(1)(a) of the Family Assistance Administration Act (about a provider having given an enrolment notice) will be taken to have been met;

                     (b)  between 2 July 2018 and 23 September 2018 (including those days), the requirement to provide updates in relation to enrolled children in section 200D of the Family Assistance Administration Act applies in relation to any updates to information provided in the notice referred to in paragraph (1)(b);

                     (c)  in relation to any sessions of care that are provided between 2 July 2018 and 23 September 2018 (including those days), the liability to pay referred to in paragraph 85BA(1)(b) of the Family Assistance Act must arise under the old arrangement in order for that provision to be satisfied;

                     (d)  on 24 September 2018, the enrolment referred to in paragraph (1)(c) of this section is taken to have ceased under paragraph 200B(1)(b) of the Family Assistance Administration Act, unless the old arrangement is a complying written arrangement (within the meaning of subsection 200B(3) of the Family Assistance Administration Act) or the arrangement on its terms has already ended;

                     (e)  if the old arrangement was a complying written arrangement and the child remains enrolled for care with the relevant service on 24 September 2018 (because the enrolment is not taken to have ceased under paragraph 200B(1)(b) of the Family Assistance Administration Act), then, by no later than 24 September 2018, the provider must give to the Secretary any details about the enrolment that would have been required to be included in a notice under section 200A of the Family Assistance Administration Act in respect of the enrolment, but which were not included in the notice referred to in paragraph (1)(b);

                      (f)  if paragraph (e) applies, but the details referred to in that paragraph are not given, the enrolment is taken to have ceased under paragraph 200B(1)(b) of the Family Assistance Administration Act; and

                     (g)  from 24 September 2018 onwards, the individual may only be eligible for CCS or ACCS for a session of care provided by an approved child care service to a child where they, or their partner, have entered into a complying written arrangement as referred to in paragraph 85BA(1)(b) of the Family Assistance Act (including where the old arrangement is a complying written arrangement).

Division 7Certain notices and reports taken to have been given

72  Enrolment notices given late

             (1)  Paragraph 200A(4)(c) of the Family Assistance Administration Act is modified so that an enrolment notice is taken to have been given, even if it is given later than the period within which it would otherwise be required to be given under either subparagraph 200A(4)(c)(i) or (ii), so long as it is given to the Secretary:

                     (a)  in accordance with paragraphs 200A(4)(a), (b), (d) and (e); and

                     (b)  within 2 years after the commencement day.

             (2)  Subsection (1) has the following effects:

                     (a)  where an enrolment notice is taken to be given in accordance with that subsection, once it is provided, the approved provider has an obligation to provide an attendance report in relation to the child for each session of care provided to the child in accordance with subsection 204B(1) of the Family Assistance Administration Act;

                     (b)  because of paragraph (a), the precondition referred to in paragraphs 67CD(1)(b) and 67CH(1)(b) of the Family Assistance Administration Act can be met allowing for CCS or ACCS to be calculated for a week in respect of any reported session of care; and

                     (c)  the obligation in section 200D of the Family Assistance Administration Act (to update details provided in enrolment notices) applies in respect of details contained in a notice taken to have been given under subsection (1) as if the notice were given under section 200A of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

             (3)  However subsection (1) does not rectify a breach of section 200A of the Family Assistance Administration Act for the purposes of enforcing the offence or civil penalty provisions referred to in subsection 200A(5) or (6) or for the purposes of imposing a sanction under section 195H of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

73  Attendance reports given late

             (1)  Paragraph 204B(2)(d) of the Family Assistance Administration Act is modified so that a report about children for whom care is provided is taken to be have been given, even if it is given later than the period within which it would otherwise be required to be given under subparagraph 204B(2)(d)(i), (ii) or (iii), so long as it is given to the Secretary:

                     (a)  in accordance with paragraphs 204B(2)(a), (b) and (c); and

                     (b)  within 2 years after the commencement day.

             (2)  Subsection (1) has the following effects:

                     (a)  where the report is taken to have been given in accordance with that subsection, once it is provided, the precondition referred to in paragraphs 67CD(1)(b) and 67CH(1)(b) of the Family Assistance Administration Act is also taken to be met, allowing for CCS or ACCS to be calculated for a week in respect of any reported session of care; and

                     (b)  the Secretary is able to deal with any inaccurate report under section 204C of the Family Assistance Administration Act that was taken to have been given in accordance with subsection (1), as if it were given under section 204B of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

             (3)  However subsection (1) does not rectify a breach of section 204B of the Family Assistance Administration Act for the purposes of enforcing the offence or civil penalty provisions referred to in subsection 204B(4) or (5) or for the purposes of imposing a sanction under section 195H of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

Division 8Compliance processes after the commencement day in respect of prior conduct

74  Notices intending to impose a sanction

             (1)  Where the Secretary has, before the commencement day, issued a notice under section 201 of the Family Assistance Administration Act to the operator of an approved child care service in relation to which no decision had been made under section 200 before the commencement day (as in force immediately before the commencement day), the Secretary may decide to impose a sanction on the approved provider in respect of the child care service under section 195H of the Family Assistance Administration Act after the commencement day as if the notice had been issued under section 199A of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

             (2)  To avoid doubt, the breach of any condition for continued approval that was referred to in the notice is to be taken as a sufficient basis on which the Secretary is able to be satisfied in relation to the non‑compliance referred to in section 195H, as if the condition applied as a condition for continued approval under Division 2 of Part 8 of the Family Assistance Administration Act on and from the commencement day.

75  Sanctions after the commencement day in respect of prior breaches

                   A sanction may be imposed on (and a notice under section 199A of the Family Assistance Administration Act may be given to) an approved provider in respect of a child care service on and from the commencement day under section 195H of the Family Assistance Administration Act on the basis of a breach of a condition for continued approval that applied in respect of the operator of the child care service under the family assistance law as saved by subitem 10(1) of Schedule 4 to the Jobs for Families Act.

Division 9Continuation of conditions for continued approval

76  Conditions for continued approval that applied prior to commencement day

             (1)  Where, before the commencement day, the Secretary had imposed a condition for the continued approval of an approved child care service (the relevant service) under subsection 199(2) of the Family Assistance Administration Act (as that provision stood immediately before the commencement day) then, on and from the commencement day, that condition is taken to apply as a condition for continued approval of the approved provider in respect of the relevant child care service as if it were imposed under section 195F of the Family Assistance Administration Act in respect of the relevant child care service.

             (2)  To avoid doubt, subsection (1) means that the Secretary is able to make a decision to impose a sanction under section 195H of the Family Assistance Administration Act on and from the commencement day on the basis of non‑compliance with a condition for continued approval referred to in that subsection.

             (3)  The obligation to provide a notice under subsection 195F(3) of the Family Assistance Administration Act does not apply in relation to conditions for continued approval referred to in subsection (1).

Division 10Modifications to working with children card requirements

77  Working with children card details required in relation to certain individuals

             (1)  Section 195D of the Family Assistance Administration Act is modified so that, within 2 years after the commencement day, details of working with children cards are only required to be given to the Secretary in respect of the following individuals:

                     (a)  an individual who is a person with management and control of the approved provider (within the meaning of section 194F of the Family Assistance Administration Act);

                     (b)  an FDC educator; and

                     (c)  an IHC educator.

             (2)  To avoid doubt:

                     (a)  subsection (1) means that any reference in these Rules or the Secretary’s rules to the requirement in section 195D of the Family Assistance Administration Act is taken to be a reference to that section as modified; and

                     (b)  subsection (1) does not alter any legal requirement to hold a working with children card under a law of a State or Territory and, even where details are not required to be given to the Secretary, where an individual who is required to hold a working with children card is involved in providing child care by a child care service and does not hold a card, the approved provider will be in breach of the condition for continued approval referred to in subsection 195A(4) of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

 


Schedule 1Diagnosed conditions

  

  

                     (a)  Moderate to severe multiple disability or moderate to severe physical disability (including neurological disability) where the child is, or is likely to be, dependent for mobility indoors and outdoors from 3 years of age onwards.

                     (b)  Severe multiple or physical disability (including uncontrolled seizures), requiring constant care and attention where the child is less than 6 months of age.

                     (c)  Moderate, severe or profound intellectual disability where IQ is less than 55. This includes a child with a known syndrome.

                     (d)  Autism Spectrum Disorder when diagnosed by a psychiatrist or developmental paediatrician experienced in the assessment of Pervasive Developmental Disorders using the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM‑5).

                     (e)  Autistic Disorder or Asperger's Disorder (not including Pervasive Developmental Disorder not otherwise specified) when diagnosed by a psychiatrist or developmental paediatrician experienced in the assessment of Pervasive Development Disorders using the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM‑IV).

                      (f)  Childhood Disintegrative Disorder diagnosed by a psychiatrist using DSM‑IV.

                     (g)  Major depression of childhood diagnosed by a psychiatrist using DSM‑IV or DSM‑5.

                     (h)  Childhood schizophrenia diagnosed by a psychiatrist using DSM‑IV or DSM‑5.

                      (i)  Bilateral blindness where:

                              (i)  visual acuity is less than or equal to 6/60 with corrected vision; or

                             (ii)  visual fields are reduced to a measured arc of less than 10 degrees.

                      (j)  A 45 decibels or more hearing loss in the better ear, based on a 4 frequency pure tone average (using 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 4,000Hz).

                     (k)  Deaf‑blindness diagnosed by a specialist multidisciplinary team, including a professional audiological and ophthalmological evaluation.

                      (l)  Epilepsy (uncontrolled while on medication).

                    (m)  Cystic Fibrosis.

                     (n)  Down syndrome.

                     (o)  Fragile X syndrome.

                     (p)  Diabetes Mellitus Type 1.

                     (q)  Phenylketonuria (PKU).

                      (r)  Other inborn errors of metabolism (not specified elsewhere) that are treated by medically prescribed diet to prevent neurological disability and/or severe organ damage.

Example: Organic acidaemias, urea cycle defects, galactosaemia and some fatty acid or oxidation defects.

                      (s)  Moderate to severe Osteogenisis Imperfecta with 2 or more fractures per year and/or significant pain that significantly limits activities of daily living.

                      (t)  Chromosomal or syndromic conditions (not specified elsewhere) where there is moderate or severe intellectual disability and/or multiple, major and permanent physical abnormalities as diagnosed by a paediatrician, paediatric sub‑specialist or clinical geneticist.

Example: Children with a moderate or severe intellectual disability and/or multiple, major and permanent physical abnormalities who have been diagnosed with Cri du chat syndrome, Rett syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Prader‑Willi syndrome, Edwards syndrome (Trisomy 18), Williams syndrome, Patau syndrome (Trisomy 13), Coffin‑Lowry syndrome, Congenital rubella syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome, Kabuki Make‑up syndrome, Larsen syndrome, Opitz G syndrome, Pallister‑Killian syndrome, Seckel syndrome, Smith‑Magenis syndrome, CHARGE association.

Note:       This category may apply to children diagnosed with other non‑listed chromosomal or syndromic conditions who have a moderate or severe level of intellectual disability and/or multiple, major and permanent physical abnormalities.

                     (u)  Neurometabolic degenerative conditions where there is moderate or severe intellectual and/or moderate or severe physical disability as diagnosed by a paediatrician, paediatric sub‑specialist or clinical geneticist:

                                   (i)  Lysosomal storage disorders.

Example: Children with a moderate or severe intellectual and/or physical disability who have been diagnosed with metachromatic Leukodystrophy, Tay Sachs disease, Krabbe disease, Pompe's disease, Mucopolysaccharidoses (Hurler syndrome (MPS 1)), Hunter syndrome (MPS 2), San Filipo syndrome (MPS 3), Morquio syndrome (MPS IVA), Maroteaux‑Lamy syndrome (MPS VI).

                     (v)  Neurometabolic conditions.

Example: Children with a moderate or severe intellectual and/or physical disability who have been diagnosed with Lesch Nyhan syndrome, Menkes disease, Zellweger syndrome and related peroxisomal disorders, some mitochondrial respiratory chain disorders.

Note:       This category may apply to children diagnosed with other non‑listed neurometabolic degenerative conditions who have a moderate or severe level of intellectual and/or physical disability.

                    (w)  Neurodegenerative disorders where there is moderate or severe intellectual and/or moderate or severe physical disability as diagnosed by a paediatrician, paediatric sub‑specialist or clinical geneticist.

Example: Children with a moderate or severe intellectual and/or physical disability who have been diagnosed with Ataxia Telangiectasia, unclassified Leukodystrophies.

Note:       This category may apply to children diagnosed with other non‑listed neurodegenerative conditions who have a moderate or severe level of intellectual and/or physical disability.

                     (x)  The following dermatological conditions:

                              (i)  Epidermolysis Bullosa Dystrophica;

                             (ii)  Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (synonym: anhidrotic ectodermal dysplasia);

                            (iii)  Hay Wells syndrome (synonym: ankylobepharon, ectodermal dysplasia and clefting (AEC) syndrome);

                            (iv)  Lamellar ichthyosis;

                             (v)  Harlequin ichthyosis;

                            (vi)  Sjorgren Larsson syndrome;

                           (vii)  Netherton syndrome;

                          (viii)  Severe congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma;

                            (ix)  Generalised bullous ichthyosis (synonym: bullous ichthyosiform erythroderma; epidermolytic hyperkeratosis).

                     (y)  Any of the following neuromuscular conditions:

                              (i)  Duchenne (or Becker) muscular dystrophy;

                             (ii)  Autosomal recessive muscular dystrophy;

                            (iii)  Spinal muscular atrophy conditions, for example, Werdnig‑Hoffman;

                            (iv)  Friedrich's Ataxia.

Schedule 2Diagnosed conditions

  

  

                     (a)  Autism Spectrum Disorder when diagnosed by a registered psychologist experienced in the assessment of Pervasive Developmental Disorders using the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM‑5).

                     (b)  Autistic Disorder or Asperger's Disorder (not including Pervasive Developmental Disorder not otherwise specified) when diagnosed by a registered psychologist experienced in the assessment of Pervasive Development Disorders using the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM‑IV).

                     (c)  Moderate, severe or profound intellectual disability where IQ is less than 55. This includes a child with a known syndrome.


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation “(md)” added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

    /sub‑subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev…) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

    effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

    effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

    cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Name

Registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Rules 2017

13 November 2017

(see F2017L01464)

 

2 July 2018 (all provisions except section 41)

14 November 2017 (section 41)

Part 7

Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Amendment Rules (No. 1) 2018

15 March 2018

(see F2018L00255)

2 July 2018 

Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Amendment Rules (No. 2) 2018

22 June 2018

(see F2018L00826)

2 July 2018 (all provisions except item 8 of the Schedule)

22 October 2018 (item 8 of the Schedule)

Sch (items 23–25)

Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Amendment Rules (No. 3) 2018

24 December 2018 (see F2018L01830)

1 January 2019

Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Amendment Rules (No. 1) 2019

8 February 2019 (see F2019L00107)

9 February 2019

Sch (item 3)

Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Amendment Rules (No. 1) 2020

10 February 2020 (see F2020L00115)

11 February 2020 (all provisions except Schedule 1)

1 December 2019 (Schedule 1)

Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Amendment (Building on the Child Care Package and Other Measures) Rules 2020

12 March 2020 (see F2020L00246)

Schedule 1 (items 1­43): 13 March 2020 (s 2(1) item 2)
Schedule 1 (item 44): 30 June 2020 (s 2(1) item 3)
Schedule 1 (item 45): 13 July 2020 (s 2(1) item 4)
Schedule 1 (item 46): awaiting commencement (s 2(1) item 5)

Child Care Subsidy Amendment (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Minister’s Rules 2020

24 March 2020 (see F2020L00295)

Schedule 1 (item 7): 19 April 2020 (s 2(1) item 3)
Remainder: 25 March 2020 (s 2(1) items 1, 2)

Child Care Subsidy Amendment (Coronavirus Response Measures No. 2) Minister’s Rules 2020

5 April 2020 (see F2020L00406)

Schedule 1 (item 2): 23 March 2020 (s 2(1) item 3)
Remainder: 6 April 2020 (s 2(1) items 1, 2)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Part 1

Division 1

s 2........................................

s 4........................................

 

 

rep LA s 48D

am. F2018L00826; F2020L00246; F2020L00295; F2020L00406

Division 2

s 5A………………………….

s 5AA………………………...

s 5AB………………………...

s 5B………………………….

s 6……………………………

s 7……………………………

s 7A………………………….

s 7B………………………….

 

ad. F2020L00246

ad. F2020L00295

ad. F2020L00295

ad. F2020L00246

am. F2020L00295

am. F2018L00826

ad. F2020L00246

ad. F2020L00246

Part 2

Division 1

s 8………………………….

 

 

am. F2018L00826; F2020L00246

ed C6

Division 1AA

Division 1AA………………

s 8AA………………..........

 

ad. F2020L00246

ad. F2020L00246

Division 1A

Division 1A………………...

 

ad. F2018L00255

Division 2

s 10…………………………

s 11…………………………

 

am. F2018L00826

am. F2018L00826

Division 3

s 12…………………………

 

am. F2018L00826

Division 3A

Division 3A.........................

s 12A...................................

 

ad. F2020L00246

ad. F2020L00246

Division 4

s 13…………………………

 

am. F2018L00826; F2020L00246

Division 5

Division 5…………………..

 

s 15A……………………....

 

s 15B……………………....

 

ad. F2018L00255

rs. F2020L00246

am. F2018L01830

rs. F2020L00246

ad. F2018L00255

am. F2018L01830

rs. F2020L00246

Part 3

Division 1

s 15C………………………

s 16A………………………

 

 

ad. F2018L00255

am. F2018L01830

rep. F2020L00246

ad. F2020L00246

ad. F2020L00115

am. F2020L00246

Division 3

s 21…………………………

 

am. F2018L00826

Part 3A

Part 3A……………………..

 

ad. F2018L00826

Part 4

Division 2

s 43…………………………

 

 

am. F2018L00826

rs. F2020L00246

Division 3

s 44…………………………

s 45…………………………

 

am. F2018L00826

am. F2018L00826

Division 5

s 46A...................................

s 47A...................................

s. 48…………………………

s 48A………………………

 

ad. F2020L00246

ad. F2020L00246

(md not incorp) F2018L01830

ad. F2018L00826

am F2019L00107; F2020L00246

Division 5A

Division 5A………………...

s. 49A.................................

s. 49AA..............................

s. 49B.................................

s. 49C………………………

 

ad. F2018L00255

am. F2020L00246

ad. F2020L00246

am. F2020L00246

am. F2018L01830

rs. F2020L00246

Division 6

s 50…………………………

 

rs. F2018L00826

Division 7

s 52......................................

 

am. F2020L00246

Division 8

s 54......................................

 

am. F2020L00246

Part 5

Division 1A

Division 1A......................

s 54A.................................

 

 

ad. F2020L00295

ad. F2020L00295

am. F2020L00406

Division 1

s 55…………………………

 

am. F2018L00826; F2020L00246

Part 6

Division 1

Division 1……………………

s 57AA................................

s 57…………………………

s 59…………………………

s 60…………………………

 

 

ad. F2020L00406

ad. F2020L00406

am. F2020L00246

am. F2020L00246

am. F2018L00826; F2020L00246

Division 2

Division 2.............................

s 60A (first occurring)………

 

s 60B (first occurring)………

s 60C…………………...…..

s 60D…………………...…..

s 60E…………………...…..

s 60F…………………...…..

 

ad. F2020L00406

ad. F2020L00406

ed C9

ad. F2020L00406

ad. F2020L00406

ad. F2020L00406

ad. F2020L00406

ad. F2020L00406

Part 6A

Part 6A...............................

s 60A (second occurring)……

s 60B (second occurring)……

 

ad. F2020L00246

ad. F2020L00246

ad. F2020L00246

Part 7

Division 2

s 62A…………………...…..

 

 

ad. F2018L00826

Division 3

s 67…………………………

s 67A……………………….

 

am. F2020L00246

ad. F2018L00826

Division 4

Division 4…………………..

 

ad. F2018L00826

Division 4A

Division 4A……………………

 

ad. F2019L00107

rep. F2020L00246

Division 5

Division 5…………………..

 

ad. F2018L00826

Division 6

Division 6…………………..

 

ad. F2018L00826

Division 7

Division 7…………………..

 

ad. F2018L00826

rep. F2020L00246

Division 8

Division 8…………………..

 

ad. F2018L00826

Division 9

Division 9…………………..

 

ad. F2018L00826

Division 10

Division 10………………..

 

ad. F2018L00826