The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia.

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 children with intellectual or physical disabilities, 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 young people with a disability.

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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