2.6.5.20 Responsibilities of a Registered Carer

Summary

This topic contains information on the responsibilities of a registered carer (1.1.R.20) and covers:

  • compliance with child care laws,
  • providing receipts for child care,
  • notifiable events, and
  • failure to comply with the responsibilities of a registered carer.

Compliance with child care laws

An individual who engages as a registered carer must provide care to a child/ren according to any relevant law of:

  • the Commonwealth,
  • a state, and/or
  • a territory.

Providing receipts for child care

A registered carer must provide receipts to an individual for care for which they have paid. A registered carer will be supplied with valid receipt books. They can use their own receipts if they contain the:

  • date on which the care was provided,
  • carer's:
    • name and address, or
    • customer reference number,
  • name of the child to whom the care was provided,
  • amount paid for care per week,
  • hours of care per week for the receipt period, and
  • signature of the:
    • registered carer, or
    • person (1.1.P.80) authorised to sign on the carer's behalf.

Notifiable events

A carer must notify the DHS if their licence/working with children (WWC) check has expired, been revoked or cancelled. A carer must also notify if they have become approved to offer CCB for approved care or no longer provide registered care.

Events that may affect a carer's registration status:

  • licence/WCC check expired,
  • state authority has revoked care providers licence/WWC check,
  • carer has been approved to offer CCB for approved care,
  • carer has been approved to provide a budget based or non-formula funded child care service,
  • carer no longer provides registered care,
  • carer has requested their registration be cancelled,
  • carer has failed to respond to a request for information,
  • carer is deceased.

If the carer's application for registration has been approved and none of the above events has occurred, the registration is considered to be 'active'.

If the carer's registration is cancelled, the carer must advise families attending their service that they no longer provide registered care. Receipts issued for care provided on or after the date of cancellation can no longer be used for the purpose of families claiming CCB.

Failure to comply with the responsibilities of a registered carer

If a registered carer fails to comply with a requirement for continued approval, the Secretary can:

  • vary the conditions for the continued approval,
  • impose additional conditions for the continued approval, or
  • suspend or cancel the carer's approval.

Policy reference: FA Guide 2.6.5.10 Becoming a Registered Carer

Last reviewed: 3 January 2017