Social Security (Childcare Assistance) Regulations 2004

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14 Payment of childcare subsidy if principal caregiver engaged in approved activity

(1)

A childcare subsidy for an eligible child’s participation in approved early-childhood education programmes is payable for periods of a total of up to 50 hours a week if the child is participating in (or will participate in) one or more approved early-childhood education programmes for a total of 3 or more hours a week, and—

(a)

subclause (2) applies to the child, and either subclause (3) or subclause (4) applies to each of those periods; or

(b)

a child disability allowance is payable for the child; or

(c)

the child’s principal caregiver is also the principal caregiver of some other child, who is either in hospital or is a child for whom a child disability allowance is payable.

(2)

This subclause applies to a child if at least one of the following applies:

(a)

the child has no other caregiver:

(b)

the child’s other caregiver is engaged in an approved activity:

(c)

the child’s other caregiver is not engaged in an approved activity, but the chief executive is satisfied that for some good reason the other caregiver cannot care for the child.

(3)

This subclause applies to a period if, during that period,—

(a)

the child is participating in an approved early-childhood education programme; and

(b)

his or her principal caregiver is engaged in an approved activity or travelling between the place where the programme is provided and the place where the activity is engaged in.

(4)

This subclause applies to a period if the child’s principal caregiver is engaged in shift employment and (whether the child is participating in an approved early-childhood education programme then, or participates in such a programme at other times when the caregiver usually sleeps), during that period, the child’s principal caregiver—

(a)

is undertaking that employment; or

(b)

travelling between the place where that employment is engaged in and—

(i)

an approved early-childhood education programme that the child is participating in; or

(ii)

the caregiver’s home.

Regulation 14(1): amended, on 20 August 2012, by regulation 11(1) of the Social Security (Childcare Assistance) Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2012 (SR 2012/206).

Regulation 14(3)(a): amended, on 20 August 2012, by regulation 11(2) of the Social Security (Childcare Assistance) Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2012 (SR 2012/206).

Regulation 14(4): amended, on 20 August 2012, by regulation 11(3) of the Social Security (Childcare Assistance) Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2012 (SR 2012/206).

Regulation 14(4)(b)(i): amended, on 20 August 2012, by regulation 11(3) of the Social Security (Childcare Assistance) Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2012 (SR 2012/206).