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1.1.A.80 Approved care organisation (ACO)


This definition is used in relation to FTB and baby bonus.



An ACO is an organisation that:

  • co-ordinates or provides residential care services to young people in Australia (1.1.A.120), and
  • has been approved as an ACO by the Secretary.


  • Agencies which:
    • assist homeless youth,
    • care for intellectually or physically handicapped children,
    • accommodate young refugees in order to help them adjust to Australian society, and
  • Adoption and foster care agencies that arrange pre-adoptive foster care, and
  • Public hospitals providing long term or permanent care for intellectually, emotionally or physically disabled young people.


The Secretary may revoke an approval previously given to an organisation.


Act reference: FAAct section 20 Approval of organisations providing residential care services to young people

Policy reference: FA Guide 2.3 FTB Eligibility for Approved Care Organisations (ACOs)


Last reviewed: 2 July 2012


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