Registration requirements for community services

Requirements for registration of community services under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005.

The Policy, procedures and forms for the registration of DHHS funded disability service providers and community services sets out the Secretary's requirements for registration of community services under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Act). The policy (updated October 2019) overviews the legislative and policy requirements for community services. 

Where the department is prepared to enter into a Service Agreement with a provider for the delivery of community-based child and family services and/or out of home care, the provider must be registered under the Act prior to the commencement of services.  

Entities that apply for initial registration under the Act must demonstrate their capacity to comply with the Human Services Standards (gazetted as Department of Health and Human Services Standards) (Standards). This may involve a self-assessment against the Standards using the department’s online tool.

Registered community services must undertake an independent review against the standards within 12 months of initial registration and achieve and maintain accreditation.  

Register of community services

Section 54 of the Act requires us to keep and make publicly available a register of community services.

The register is a list of department funded organisations that deliver community-based child, family and out-of-home care services. 

The current register of community service providers was updated in October 2019.