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Children Services Law Reform 2019-2020

The Victorian Government is amending the Children’s Services Act and Regulations that govern registered children’s services including occasional care in neighbourhood houses, to better with the National Law. These changes will take effect from May 2020.

The Department of Education and Training Early Childhood ran a series of information sessions in 2019 about the law reform process and  how the changes will affect your service. The slides and handouts from these sessions are available here:

Child Care Subsidy

Introduced on 2 July 2018, the Federal Government's Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is the regular payment that assists most families with the costs of child care.

The Child Care Subsidy is paid directly to approved providers, to be passed on to families as a fee reduction. Providers need to go through an application process to receive the CCS.

Find out more about CCS.

Child Safety Standards and the Reportable Conduct Scheme

Neighbourhood houses which are providers of children’s services fall under the scope of the Reportable Conduct Scheme which requires the heads of organisations to report to the Commission for Children and Young People (CYPC) any allegation that one of their workers or volunteers has committed child abuse or child related misconduct.

Find out more.

No Jab No Play

The current No Jab No Play legislation came into effect 1 November 2018. Organisations running registered children’s services, including neighbourhood houses, are required to ensure parents and carers of children attending their service provide an updated immunisation history statement twice per year.

This is in addition to the original requirement, introduced by law in January 2016, which requires parents and carers to provide evidence of their child’s up to date immunisation in order to initially enroll in an early childhood education and care service.

For more information, including a toolkit for providers, visit the Victoria Health website.