This section covers the policy relating to the approval of care organisations to be eligible for FTB.
Applications from care organisations for ACO (1.1.A.80) status must be made in writing and must include the following information:
An application from a care organisation for payment of FTB can be approved if:
Act reference: FAAct section 20(1) Approval of organisations providing residential care services to young people
An organisation funded by a state government can readily be accepted as suitable for FTB purposes.
If an organisation seems to be operating on an unsound or a questionable financial basis, you need to obtain further details and refer the case to Families and Children Customer Segment in the NSO for consideration.
Organisations such as foster care agencies that arrange pre-adoptive foster care may be accepted as ACOs. While the child is in the physical care of a foster parent, they may be considered to remain a 'resident' of the organisation in the sense that the foster care agency retains responsibility for the child. However each case must be considered individually. If a foster carer claims FTB for a child and is responsible for the daily care and welfare of the child, the foster carer may be eligible for FTB instead of the ACO.
A delegate may decide to withdraw approval from an ACO and advise the organisation accordingly. Reasons for withdrawing approval may include:
Act reference: FAAct section 20(2) Revocation
Last reviewed: 3 November 2008