Priority of Access


To provide priority of access in accordance with Australian Government’s Priority of Access Guidelines. AS FOLLOWS:

The operator must provide places for children in accordance with the Australian Government’s Priority of Access Guidelines. These guidelines set out the categories of children who should have first access to vacant places in the service:

  • First priority: a child a risk of serious abuse or neglect;

  • Second priority: a child of a single parent who satisfies, or of parents who both satisfy, the work/training/study test under section 14 of the Family Assistance Act; and

  • Third priority: any other child.

Within these main categories priority should also be given to the following children:

  • children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families;

  • children in families which include a person with disability;

  • children in families on lower incomes;

  • children in families with non-English speaking background;

  • children in socially isolated families;

  • children of single parents



  • Managing a child care Service (A hands-on guide for service providers)

  • Community Childcare Co-operative NSW and Child Care New South Wales

  • Australian Government – Department of Education, Employment Workplace Relations Website ( (September 2014)