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The Department of Education may only approve a provider for the purposes of Family Assistance Law if satisfied that:

  • the provider satisfies the provider eligibility rules, and
  • the provider operates, or will operate at least, one child care service that satisfies the service eligibility rules.

The department will assess whether the provider and service satisfy these eligibility requirements based on the information provided. The information requested by the department (see Tables 1 and 2) is intended to allow an assessment of the provider against all these requirements.

To be approved, all provider eligibility rule and service eligibility rule requirements must be satisfied. Whether or not the provider operates the service is also a relevant consideration, as the provider will not be approved for a service if it does not actually operate it.