Safeguarding children, people with disability and taxpayers’ money

The Morrison Government is ensuring the integrity of family day care by cancelling the Child Care Subsidy provider approval for 21 dodgy day care operators.
 
One provider in Queensland was issued with an order for immediate suspension under the family assistance law.
 
The total number of providers placed on the Australian Government’s Child Care Enforcement Action Register is now 267.
 
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Morrison Government was taking action to ensure taxpayers’ money was not being misused.
“The Morrison Government will continue to take strong action against non-compliant or dodgy providers,” Mr Tehan said.
“Our Government’s new child care package has more checks and balances and is also lowering out-of-pocket child care costs for Australian families.
 
“Our reforms are ensuring hardworking Australian families continue to access quality, affordable and accessible child care.
“The Morrison Government is keeping the economy strong by ensuring taxpayers’ money is not wasted and is being spent where it is needed most.”
 
Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher said the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is now conducting suitability assessments on six family day care providers registered with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), after receiving information from the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training (DET).
 
“The Liberal National Government takes all reports of suspected non-compliance very seriously and we will not tolerate the misuse of funds intended to support people with disability,” Mr Fletcher said.
 
“The identified providers are being thoroughly assessed for their suitability to deliver NDIS services and where necessary, we have applied compliance locks to prevent funds being paid to the providers while our enquiries are ongoing.
 
“If, following the assessment, any provider is determined to be unsuitable, we will revoke their status as a provider.
“The NDIA will proactively work with NDIS participants who are affected as we carry out this important work, assisting them to identify alternative support arrangements.”
 
The Child Care Enforcement Action Register is available at http://www.education.gov.au/child-care-enforcement-action-register