Guide to ACCS (child wellbeing) updated

We’ve updated the Guide to Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) (child wellbeing) to reflect changes that took effect on 1 July 2021.

The guide contains information for providers and services involved in the administration of ACCS (child wellbeing).

Changes to ACCS (child wellbeing) include:

Backdating certificates and determinations in exceptional circumstances

Where a child is identified as being at risk and exceptional circumstances prevented the provider from issuing a certificate or determination for ACCS (child wellbeing), they can apply for a backdated certificate or determination.

From 1 July, we’ve extended the backdating period from 28 days to up to 13 weeks.

Details about backdating certificates and determinations in exceptional circumstances are outlined in section 36 of the Guide to ACCS (child wellbeing).

Longer determinations for children in foster care

Usually, a determination gives children at risk access to ACCS (child wellbeing) for up to 13 weeks.

For children in formal foster care arrangements or the subject of a long-term protection order or welfare order under state and territory child welfare legislation, a determination can be in place for up to 52 weeks. This means the provider does not have to apply for a new determination every 13 weeks.

The longer determination period for these children reduces the administrative burden on child care providers, child protection agencies and families. It also provides greater continuity of care for these children.

Details about determinations for children in foster care are outlined in section 40 of the Guide to ACCS (child wellbeing).

Provider Eligible Enrolments

We also made changes to Provider Eligible Enrolments.

Before 1 July, the enrolment type appeared as an ACCS enrolment in the Child Care Subsidy System. It is now identified as a Provider Eligible Arrangement (PEA).

Providers can also now enrol children in formal foster care arrangements under a PEA for up to 13 weeks while the foster carer is assessed for Child Care Subsidy.

More information about PEAs is available in sections 38 and 42 of the Guide to ACCS (child wellbeing).

If you have further questions email us at childwellbeing@dese.gov.au.