This definition relates to absence provisions under the Childcare Operator System (COS). This is still current while services are transitioning to the CCMS.
For the purposes of CCB, allowable absences are casual absences when a recipient has to pay for child care and is paid CCB, even though their child does not attend care at that time. Each child is allowed 30 such days per financial year. The number of days is cumulative across approved LDC, FDC, in home and specialised OSHC services. CCB is payable for any absence up to 30 days regardless of the reason for the absence.
Allowable absences 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 approved occasional care service and the child does not attend that care.
Act reference: FAAct section 10 Effect of absence of a child from care of approved child care service
Policy reference: FA Guide 4.7.1 CCB Approved Services - Statements for Payment
Last reviewed: 6 April 2009