Where a service has commenced operating under the CCMS for the purposes of CCB, initial absences are absences when a child is absent on a day on which care would otherwise have been provided if the child was not absent and the family was charged for that care. Each child is allowed an initial 42 absence days from care across all approved child care services during each financial year which can be used for any reason and without the need to produce supporting documentation (includes public holidays). The number of absence days is cumulative across approved LDC, FDC, in-home care and specialised OSHC services. CCB is payable for any absence days up to 42 days regardless of the reason for the absence.
If a child is absent from one or more sessions on a day, the absence is only counted once, i.e. if a child is absent from both before and after school care on the same day, only one absence is counted.
These initial 42 absence days must be used before additional absences (1.1.A.17) can be claimed.
The initial 42 absence days cannot be used to enable CCB to be paid for fees charged to reserve a place for a child who has not yet commenced care. Nor can they be used for a child who has already ceased care.
CCB is paid if a recipient books and pays for care provided by an occasional care service and the child does not attend that care.
Act reference: FA Act section 10 Effect of absence of child from care of approved child care service other than an approved occasional care service.
Last reviewed: 6 April 2009