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Resources

Authorities

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 (CCS)

Child Care Subsidy is available to all families who are Australian Residents if the child meets immunisation requirements and parents meet eligibility requirements. The percentage of subsidy a family receives is based on their estimated combined annual income. All families wishing to access Child Care Subsidy need to complete an online Child Care Subsidy assessment through their myGov account.

Assessment asks families to provide information about:

  • the combined family income estimate
  • the hours of recognised activity including work, training, studying and volunteering
  • the type of child care your family uses.

The subsidised hours of care to which your family is entitled will be determined by an activity test. Recognised activities that meet the Activity Test encompass a broad range of activities, including:

  • paid work, including leave
  • being self employed
  • doing unpaid work in the family business
  • training courses for the purpose of improving the individual's work skills or employment prospects
  • an approved course of education or study
  • volunteering
  • actively looking for work
  • paid parental leave, including maternity leave

Activity hours do not need to coincide with child care hours. For example, an individual undertaking work on the weekends will be eligible for child care subsidy during the week. In two parent families, both parents must meet the activity test, and subsidy hours are calculated on the lower number where parents have different levels of activity.

 

Hours of activity per fortnight

Maximum number of hours of subsidy per fortnight

8 hours to 16 hours

36 hours

More than 16 hours to 48 hours

72 hours

More than 48 hours

100 hours

 

There are exemptions for parents who legitimately cannot meet the activity test requirements.  Low income families who do not meet the activity test can access 24 hours of subsidised care per fortnight.

The Additional Child Care Subsidy may be available to help support:

  • families needing help to support their children’s safety and wellbeing
  • grandparents on income support who are primary child-carers
  • families in temporary financial hardship
  • families moving to work from income support

Families can claim Child Care Subsidy or Additional Child Care Subsidy online by signing into their myGov and completing a Child Care Subsidy claim. If eligible, the Subsidy will be paid directly to the service on families’ behalf and we will reduce the fees owed. This can occur after our service enters families’ enrolment information online, and families confirm their enrolment information through their myGov account.

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.