1.1.C.15 Certificate (ACCS (child wellbeing))

Definition

An ACCS (child wellbeing) certificate is the process in which an approved provider (1.1.A.90) certifies to the Secretary that they consider that a child is or was at risk of serious abuse or neglect on a day (at risk day).

An ACCS (child wellbeing) certificate can be given by an approved provider where a child is 'at risk', allowing the approved provider to access ACCS (child wellbeing) for a maximum of 6 weeks.

A certificate is given for full weeks and must start on a Monday. Every week the certificate is in effect for, it needs to include at least 1 day where a child meets the definition of 'at risk of serious abuse or neglect'. Certificates can be backdated up to 28 days, but cannot commence after the day it is given.

A certificate given for a child is only valid at a particular approved child care service (1.1.A.90) of a particular provider. A certificate is valid for all enrolments (1.1.E.25) of the child at this service.

Once certificate/s have been given for a child at a service for 6 weeks within any 12 month period, the approved provider must apply to Centrelink for an ACCS (child wellbeing) determination if the child continues to be 'at risk'.

Act reference: FAAct section 85CB Certification for ACCS (child wellbeing)

Policy reference: FA Guide 2.8.1.30 ACCS (child wellbeing) - Certificates, 2.8.1.40 ACCS (child wellbeing) - Determinations

Last reviewed: 2 July 2018