Child care guidelines
These guidelines should be read in conjunction with our General provider guidelines.
Who can provide child care services?
Approved child care service providers
You can provide child care services if:
- You are a Department of Human Services approved child care service.
As a child care service provider, you must be approved by the Australian Federal Government and meet certain standards and requirements:
- You provide services which are approved by the Department of Education and Training to accept the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.
- You comply with the National Quality Framework.
- You are licensed under the relevant state law to operate a child care service.
- You employ qualified staff who hold current Working With Children checks.
- You maintain safety standards and regular opening hours.
Registered child care service providers
You can provide child care services if:
- Our client is unable to access or secure a place with an approved child care service provider.
- You register with the Department of Human Services.
- You are over 18 years old or you have a qualification in child care or home-based help.
- You have a tax file number.
What we can pay for
Types of child care we can pay for:
- long daycare
- occasional care
- Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program
- family daycare
- in-home care, where your client’s injury prevents them from undertaking child care tasks and they live in a rural or remote location
- your time when you transport a child to school or other activities
- complex care, where a child has high needs that cannot be met by other forms of child care, and/or there are three or more children under school age in your client’s home cared for by an approved provider
We can pay the reasonable costs of child care services, with prior approval, when:
- our client cared for the child or children for a minimum of 30 days before the transport accident and did not receive salary or wages for that child care, and
- our client is unable to care for the child or children due to the transport accident injuries
- our client (or their partner) was pregnant at the time of the transport accident
- our client (or their partner) has died as a result of the transport accident
We can also pay for child care services so that our client can attend medical or rehabilitation appointments relating to their transport accident injuries.
When our client is unable to access or secure a place in approved child care, we can pay for registered child care, such as a nanny or au pair.
How much we can pay
We can pay the reasonable cost of child care services:
- when child care, home services and post-acute support care do not exceed 40 hours per week in total
- up to a maximum of 5 years after the injury or death of a client
- for the amount of time that our client would have been providing care for the child or children but is now unable to do so due to the transport accident
We pay for services in line with our fee schedule:
- Home services providers
- Home services preferred providers (We are not taking new applications for preferred providers while we review the registration requirements for this program.)
Other things to note
As child care providers, it is expected that you will:
- apply the Child Care Benefit as a fee reduction for approved child care, and only invoice us for the out of pocket expenses, and
- seek government funding, such as the Inclusion Support Subsidy, to assist in the ongoing care of children with high support needs
What we cannot pay for
We cannot pay for:
- child care services for tasks that our client did not do prior to their transport accident
- other costs of transporting a child to and from a child care facility or school, such as petrol, taxi or parking fees
- child care services for children who come into our client’s care after their transport accident
- expenses normally associated with caring for a child, such as food and nappies
- child care services that were paid for by our client before their transport accident
- additional fees associated with child care services, such as excursion fees or meals
- services that do not relate to the transport accident