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Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)
The Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) is an independent national authority, based in Sydney. As the name suggests, one of ACECQA’s many roles is to educate and inform the wider community about the importance of improving outcomes in children’s education and care. ACECQA guides the implementation of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care nationally and ensures consistency in delivery.

Office for Early Childhood Education & Care (OECEC)
The Office for Early Childhood Education and Care (OECEC), located within the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE), is responsible for delivering the Government's key commitments on early childhood education and child care as well as guiding major national policy reform. The Office for Early Childhood Education and Care is responsible for approving, licensing and regulating early childhood education and care services in Queensland, funding services to support the early childhood education and care of Queensland children and driving national early childhood education and care reforms in Queensland.

The Department of Education, Training & Employment (DETE)
The Department of Education, Training and Employment is committed to ensuring Queenslanders have the education and skills they need to contribute to the economic and social development of Queensland. The department delivers world-class education and training services for people at every stage of their personal and professional development. 

The Australian Government - Department of Education and Training
The Australian Government - Department of Education and Training brings together people and services to support the Australian Government’s agenda on education and training. Everyone in the department is working towards a vision of a productive and inclusive Australia. Through a range of services, the Department  is helping to secure our children’s future by providing families with access to a world-class system of integrated quality early childhood education and affordable care.

The Department of Human Services (DHS)
The Department of Human Services (DHS) offers a range of health, social and welfare payments and services through the: Medicare program, Centrelink program, Child Support program, CRS Australia and Australian Hearing. This includes CCB & CCR payments.

Child Care Benefit (CCB)
The Child Care Benefit (CCB) is income tested and is usually paid directly to approved Child Care Services to reduce the fees that eligible families pay. You can apply for the Child Care Benefit online or in person through Centrelink. To apply online, visit the Department of Human Services website.

Eligibility for the Child Care Benefit

  • Your child must be attending approved child care or registered child care
  • You or your partner must meet the residency and child’s immunisation requirements
  • You must be the person responsible for paying the child care fees

Find out how much you could receive using the child care estimator on the Department of Human Services website.

Child Care Rebate (CCR)
An additional payment to the Child Care Benefit is the Child Care Rebate (CCR). The Rebate helps families cover the out-of-pocket costs of child care and it is not income tested. Even if your family income is too high for you to receive the Child Care Benefit, you may be eligible for the Child Care Rebate. It covers up to 50 per cent of out-of-pocket costs, up to $7,500 per child, per year. You may choose to receive the Child Care Rebate paid fortnightly, either directly to your bank account, or through your child care service provider as a fee reduction. You still have the option of having your Child Care Rebate paid quarterly or annually as a lump sum directly to your bank account. Out-of-pocket child care costs are calculated after deducting any Child Care Benefit payments that are received.

Australian Childcare Alliance - Queensland
Australian Childcare Alliance - Queensland is the peak private long day care service association in Queensland – representing more 200,000 parents and their 110,000 children. It is a not-for-profit, member-funded organisation, managed by a Management Committee and Committee Members. Key activities include: advocacy work to identify and resolve issues likely to impact on the sector; working with Governments and other authorities on regulatory and compliance frameworks; critical advice and training for members on matters including industrial relations, employment responsibilities, salaries and awards; promotion of the latest world research into policies and practices in long day care to services and the general public; media commentary on issues and public education.

Eat Safe Brisbane
Eat Safe Brisbane is an initiative of the Brisbane City Council. Eat Safe Brisbane is a rating scheme that assesses food safety and hygiene standards of licensed food businesses (including restaurants, cafes, childcare centres and food outlets), and issues a food safety star rating. As part of Eat Safe Brisbane, every licensed food business in Brisbane receives a food safety star rating, based on compliance with the Food Act 2006 and the Food Safety Standards. Food safety audits are mandatory for all licensed food businesses in Brisbane.

Brookfield Early Childhood Centre has a 5 star Eat Safe rating and undergoes regular audits by the Brisbane City Council. The Service also has an accredited Food Safety Program. A food safety program is a documented program that identifies and controls food safety hazards in the handling of food in a food business.