Priority of Access Guidelines
When positions are currently available children are granted entry to the centre on a first come basis. Where positions are limited, the centre maintains a waiting list divided into age groups and priority of admittance is regulated by The Australian Government Department of Education as follows:
- a child at risk of serious abuse or neglect
- a child of a single parent who satisfies, or of parents who both satisfy, the work/training/study test under Section 14 of the 'A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999'
- any other child.
Within these main categories priority should also be given to the following children:
- children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
- children in families which include a disabled person
- children in families which include an individual whose adjusted taxable income does not exceed the lower income threshold of $43,727 for 2015-2016, or who or whose partner are on income support
- children in families from a non-English speaking background
- children in socially isolated families
- children of single parents.
A child care service may require a Priority 3 child to vacate a place to make room for a child with a higher priority. They can only do so if you:
- are notified when your child first entered care that your service follows this policy
- are given at least 14 days notice of the need for your child to vacate.