1.1.A.80 Approved care organisation (ACO)

Definition

An ACO is an organisation that:

  • co-ordinates or provides residential care services to young people in Australia (1.1.A.120), and
  • is approved as an ACO by the Secretary.

Examples:

  • Agencies which:
    • assist homeless youth,
    • care for intellectually or physically handicapped children,
    • accommodate young refugees in order to help them adjust to Australian society, and
  • adoption and foster care agencies that arrange pre-adoptive foster care, and
  • public hospitals providing long term or permanent care for young people with a disability.

The Secretary may revoke an approval previously given to an organisation.

Act reference: FAAct section 20 Approval of organisations providing residential care services to young people

Policy reference: FA Guide 2.3 FTB Eligibility for Approved Care Organisations (ACOs)

Last reviewed: 11 May 2015