Sanctions, Offences and Financial Penalties

Child Care Benefit (CCB) approved child care services are subject to possible penalties if they do not comply with conditions for continued CCB approval. Penalties may include the suspension and cancellation of the services CCB approval, infringement notices and in certain cases non-compliance is also a criminal offence and carries significant financial penalties.

Sanctions may include the suspension and cancellation of the services CCB approval, or imposing additional conditions on the service.

An infringement notice is a monetary penalty that can be issued to a service for failure to comply with certain obligations under Family Assistance Law.

Civil penalties are monetary penalties determined in the courts that do not involve a criminal liability.

Under Family Assistance Law the department may also write directly to families who are using a CCB approved child care service that has not complied, or is not complying with a condition for its continued CCB approval, about the non-compliance and to inform them of the effect on their CCB and CCR entitlement if the CCB approval is suspended or cancelled.

The department may also publicise information regarding sanctions or suspensions of a service for non-compliance with the conditions for continued CCB approval.

For more information on Family Assistance Law refer to Child Care Information for Service Providers Family Assistance Law.