In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000


Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call

131126

Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700

healthdirect

24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500


Within the context of the Children and Young People Act 2008, this policy establishes that community organisations must be approved as a suitable entity for the purpose (s. 61 & 63) to be funded for the provision of a community care and protection service (CCPS), either directly or through a sub-contracting arrangement.

The purposes of CCPS are identified under one of three domains in the Strategy A Step Up For Our Kids - One Step Can Make a Lifetime of Difference .

Domain One - Strengthening High-Risk Families

Domain Two - Creating a Continuum of Care

Domain Three - Strengthening Accountability and Ensuring a High Functioning System

Suitable Entity Application and Assessment

To be assessed as a suitable entity for a purpose, an organisation must:

Evidence of suitability must demonstrate that the organisation has the capacity to provide a high quality service in the domains of:

The ACT Care and Protection StandardsExternal link identify the domains and criteria against which an organisation must demonstrate its capacity.

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Statutory Requirements of Entities in Relation to Suitability Information

Information provided by an entity is suitability information (s. 65). The suitability information the must be provided is determined by whether the entity is an organisation or an individual.

For some types of suitability information the entity must tell the Director-General as soon as possible, or within 7 days, if there is a change to that information. Failing to notify the Director-General of a change in this information may result in a maximum penalty of 50 penalty units, imprisonment for 6 months or both under the Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code 2002. The changes that must be notified, as applicable to whether the entity is an organisation or individual, is:

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Suitability Information and Requirement Notices

On receiving a written application for approval as a suitable entity, the entity will be provided with a Suitability Information Notice (s. 66(2)) that identifies the criteria against which the applicant must provide evidence in order to demonstrate their capacity and be approved as a suitable entity for a purpose.

The Director-General may also issue an entity with a Requirement Notice (s. 68(2)) to provide a reference or report, or undertake a test.

If the entity does not provide the requested suitability information, or comply with a requirement notice within the stated time-frame, the Director-General will not make a decision on the suitability of the entity (s. 67 & 69).

Reciprocal Recognition

If an entity is licensed or authorised (however described) by another regulatory body, the Director-General has the discretion to recognise the licensing/authorisation where:

Nominated Responsible Person for an Organisation

Before being funded to provide a CCPS, an approved CCPS provider must have nominated a person who is responsible for the provision of services in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The nominated person must be approved as a suitable entity for this purpose by the Human Services Registrar before the commencement of a Service Funding Agreement.

A CCPS provider must have, at all times, an approved suitable entity who is responsible for the provision of services in the ACT to retain the organisation’s approval as a suitable entity.

Decision on an Entity’s Suitability

The Director-General will make a decision on the entity’s suitability and notify the entity of its decision in writing. If an entity is not approved as a suitable entity, the Director-General will provide a statement of reasons for the decision with the notification of non-approval.

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Suitable Entities Register

The Director-General will maintain a register of all entities that are approved as being suitable to provide a community care and protection service (s. 72).

De-registration of a Suitable Entity

An entity may request in writing that the Director-General revoke their approval as a suitable entity and to be removed from the register.

The Director-General may revoke an entity’s approval as a suitable entity and remove it from the register. The entity will be notified of the intention to revoke the approval and the reasons for it. The entity will have 14 days to make a submission for consideration by the Director-General before a final decision is made.

Policy Objectives

The objectives of this policy are to ensure that:

Policy Principles

This policy is based on the principles of best practice regulation endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the Australian Productivity Commission.

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Principles of Good Practice Regulation

Scope

This policy applies to all community organisations that apply to be registered, or which are registered, as a suitable entity to provide Community Care and Protection services.

Relevant Legislation, Policies, Procedures and Standards

This policy has specific reference to the Human Rights Act 2004External Link, Children and Young People Act 2008External Link,Territory Records Act 2002External Link and the Criminal Code 2002External Link .

Human Rights Act 2004
Available at the ACT Legislation RegisterExternal Link

Children and Young People Act 2008
Available at the ACT Legislation RegisterExternal Link

Territory Records Act 2002
Available at the ACT Legislation RegisterExternal Link

Criminal Code 2002
Available at the ACT Legislation RegisterExternal Link

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Review

This policy will be reviewed in February 2016 and annually thereafter until it is revoked. The Senior Manager, Regulation Oversight and Quality Services may make amendments to this policy.

Access

This policy is not restricted.

Glossary of Terms

A Step Up for Our Kids - One Step can Make a Lifetime of Difference is the five year strategy developed from the Out of Home Care Strategy 2015-2020 Project. The Strategy is aimed at reducing the number of children and young people in Out of Home Care or to improve the quality of care and life outcomes for those children and young people who are in Out of Home Care. A copy of the Strategy can be found on the CBR Steps Up websiteExternal Link

Community care and protection service is a service defined in the A Step Up for Our Kids - One Step can Make a Lifetime of Difference Strategy provided by a community organisation and funded by the Child and Youth Protection Services.

Director-General - means the Director-General of the Community Services Directorate, ACT Government, and any person delegated the powers under the Children and Young People Act 2008 for the administration of this policy.

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