18.104.22.168 Becoming a Registered Carer
This topic contains information on becoming a registered carer (1.1.R.20). The Secretary will advise a carer in writing whether their request for registration has been approved or rejected. This allows individuals whose children use a registered carer to claim (1.1.C.27) the registered care rate of CCB for past care, once they present receipts. There are also restrictions on becoming a registered carer. This topic covers the following matters:
- the minimum age requirement,
- providing evidence of a TFN,
- meeting and maintaining any relevant state or territory licensing/working with children (WWC) check requirements, and
- restrictions on becoming a registered carer.
To become a registered carer an applicant must:
- be at least 18 years old, or
- have obtained a recognised qualification for approval as a registered carer. Qualifications may include studies in:
- early childhood education,
- child care, or
- home and community care.
Evidence of a TFN
To be a registered carer, an applicant must provide a statement that they have either a:
- TFN, or
- TFN exemption.
The applicant does not have to provide their TFN, however, the Secretary can ask the Commissioner of Taxation to confirm whether or not they have a TFN.
Licensing/WWC check requirements
State and territory governments have different licensing/WWC check requirements for people providing child care services. An applicant for registration as a carer, must at all times, meet any legislative requirements of their state or territory.
An individual (1.1.I.90) cannot become a registered carer if they operate or provide care within:
- an approved child care service (1.1.A.90), or
- a budget based funded child care service, or
- a non-formula funded child care service, or
- a child care service under a contract with an approved FDC (1.1.T.70) scheme.
The individual themselves must provide care to the child/ren.
An organisation cannot become a registered carer, however, an individual who provides care to a child/ren within the organisation can apply to be registered.