1.1.A.200 Approved care organisation (ACO)


This definition applies to DOP and CA.


An ACO is a charitable, religious or other organisation that:

  • coordinates or provides residential care services to young people in Australia, and
  • has been approved as an ACO by a delegate.


  • Agencies which:

    • assist homeless youth
    • care for intellectually or physically handicapped children, or
    • accommodate young refugees in order to help them adjust to Australian society.
  • Adoption and foster care agencies which arrange pre-adoptive foster care.
  • Public hospitals providing long term or permanent care for intellectually, emotionally or physically disabled young people.

Act reference: SSAct section 35(1) Approval of care organisation

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.5.2 DOP - qualification & payability, 3.6.7 CA - qualification & payability

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