The Australian Government brought in changes to the Family Assistance Law from 13 March 2017 to ‘strengthen the integrity of Child Care Payments Compliance Framework’. Or in other words, reduce the likelihood of serious non-compliance and potential fraud in the Family Day Care sector.
The changes affect all Family Day Care services and may require some changes to your service’s policy and procedures.
Family Day Care services have to comply with a variety of different laws and regulations, including those that govern child care payments – the payments Family Day Care services receive from the Australian Government. These laws are called the Family Assistance Law.
Not sure about your Family Day Care service’s compliance? This comprehensive Compliance Self-Assessment tool can assist all Family Day Care services in finding out if they have compliance issues they may be unaware of and what to do about it.
The self-assessment tool is currently under review
The Australian Government has implemented laws to stop ‘child swapping’ in Family Day Care services. These changes affect approved Family Day Care services and educators entitled to child care payments if their child is enrolled for care in an approved Family Day Care service.