1.1.T.52 The 50% rule (ACCS (child wellbeing))

Definition

An approved provider (1.1.A.90) is not able to give a certificate for ACCS (child wellbeing) if it would result in more than 50% of the children cared for by the approved child care service on any one day (within the first week that the certificate would have effect) having a certificate or a determination for ACCS (child wellbeing) in effect.

A child care service can have more than 50% of families accessing ACCS (child wellbeing) at any one time; however the approval process changes once a service reaches 50%.

Once a service has reached or exceeded the 50% limit, additional certificates given do not take effect. Instead, the approved provider can apply to Centrelink to make an ACCS (child wellbeing) determination for children in excess of the 50% limit.

The percentage limit can be varied, up or down by the Department of Education and Training. Providers can apply to the Department of Education and Training for a higher percentage which may be approved if appropriate.

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