Priority of Access Guidelines

Priorities for filling vacant places

The Priority of Access Guidelines must be used by approved services to allocate available child care places where there are more families requiring care than places available. When filling vacant places, a service must fill them according to the following priorities:

  • Priority 1 – a child at risk of serious abuse or neglect 
  • Priority 2 – a child of a single parent who satisfies, or of parents who both satisfy, the work, training, study test 
  • Priority 3 – any other child.

Within these main Priority categories, priority should also be given to children in:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families 
  • Families which include a disabled person
  • 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 is on income support 
  • Families from a non-English speaking background 
  • Socially isolated families 
  • Single parent families.

Requiring a child to vacate a place

Under the Priority of Access Guidelines a child care service may require a Priority 3 child only to vacate a place to make room for a higher priority child. The service can only do so if the person liable for the payment of the child care fees was notified when the child first entered care that the service followed this policy, and the service gives the person at least 14 days’ notice of the requirement for the child to vacate the place.

Outside School Hours Care

Outside School Hours Care is primarily for school children. Where an Outside School Hours Care Service has no vacant places and is providing care for a child who has not yet started school, the service may require that child to leave the service in order to provide a place for a school child