Extension of Outside School Hours Care for Teenagers with Disability program 

Key Elements

This measure will extend the Outside School Hours Care for Teenagers with Disability program, by providing an additional 250 outside school hours care places for teenagers with disability. This will support carers of teenage children with disability who want to enter, re-enter or remain in the workforce.

Background

The Outside School Hours Care for Teenagers with Disability program assists children with disability and their families by funding services to deliver appropriate and flexible outside school hours care.

This program commenced in January 2008 and currently offers 978 outside school hours care places in 48 locations across Australia delivered by 40 service providers. Outside school hours care includes before and after school and vacation care.

A particular focus of this program is to increase access to outside school hours care for children and teenagers with disability aged 12 to 18 years and to provide stimulating and age-appropriate developmental, social and recreational activities.

This is the only national program that offers outside school hours care for teenagers with disability. It builds on the financial support provided by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to the sector and assistance to families through Child Care Benefit and Child Care Tax Rebate.

Implementation

A targeted selection process to engage services to provide the extra outside school hours care places will be conducted in June/July 2009. This process also aims to achieve greater service delivery coverage and address service gaps. Services delivering the extra places will commence in September 2009.

Total Government Funding

$9.3 million over 4 years

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