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Daytime care policy

A daytime care policy is being formulated

Currently Day time care is not well defined and the threshold very high to have any chance of having day time care credited. There are a number of proposals on the table to effect changes in this area.

Where a payer client has regular care, between 14 - 34% of care and wants day time care taken into account.

Where a payer client has a shared care category, between 35 - 65 per cent of the time, and wants day time care taken into account.

A new formula credit for care is being considered.

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The credit for care discussions are not yet finalised and we have raised objections to the notion around credits being reduced around "Infrastructure costs". There is a view that in regular care band you would need to incur infrastructure costs or have high consumption costs around contact to be able to receive a daytime credit for care component. For example if you had a young child at pre school and you had day time care that care would only be before and or after pre school but you would need to show you had new suitable infrastructure, room, apartment, house etc to be able to get a credit for care. The formula assumes in shared care that a payer has infrastructure in place.

You may wish to comment on how a formula might work to enable a fair disbursement of credit for care over the two bands. My own view is that there should be acknowledgement of hours in day care to directly equal night care. So regardless of what "band" you are in the credit for day care should apply without the need for any complicated "testing" of what infrastructure is in place. Perhaps if in one band you may get a bigger credit than the other.

Executive Secretary - Shared Parenting Council of Australia
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Will that work against the payer also ? In my situation the payer has 2 nights care per fortnight only (court ordered due to neglect) but hours wise it is only 38 hours…….So the payer would then fall under 'hours wise' 51 nights.
The new policy is being developed to cater for credits relating to day time care where a payer will claim day time care where they have not been able to claim nights. The question you raise was never considered in the discussions I was involved in but I will get an update on where they are at with this policy… My understanding is it relates to additional hours credit to be credited as nights when you are in one of the two bands and was not intended to replace or change an existing band arrangement. I raised the issue of this additional time putting you just into a shared care band and again the 7.1% rule came up which will need to be looked at as well.

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