Provider Category Review
The Department is committed to ensuring the availability of quality Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) Services at NSW government schools. As part of this commitment, the Department has reviewed provider categories.
Under the agreements for the operation of OSHC services at NSW government schools (OSHC Licences), providers are allocated a provider category based on the provider meeting certain criteria. The current provider categories are:
|Category A||Parents and Citizens (P&C) Association or another incorporated school-based parent organisation|
|Category B||Not-for-profit organisations other than those in Category A|
|Category C||For-profit organisations|
Further details of these provider categories, including the criteria, are set out in the Community Use of School Facilities Implementation Procedures (nsw.gov.au).
Provider category confirmation
The provider category review has included steps taken to confirm that current providers meet the relevant criteria for the provider category identified in their OSHC Licence. For example, if a provider’s OSHC Licence identifies the provider as:
- Category A – searches of public registers and/or surveys and requests for supporting documentation from providers were undertaken to determine if the provider is a P&C Association or if the provider meets the criteria for ‘an other incorporated school-based parent organisation’
- Category B – searches of public registers and/or surveys and requests for supporting documentation from providers were undertaken to determine if the provider is a not-for-profit organisation
After undertaking this process, it was determined that the vast majority of OSHC Licences identify the correct provider category.
The steps taken to confirm providers meet the criteria for the provider category identified in their OSHC Licence do not affect existing OSHC Licences. Failure to confirm a provider meets the relevant criteria does not result in a recategorisation of that provider in their existing OSHC Licence or a change to licence fees.
The purpose of the provider category confirmation was to gather information about provider categories, including information about how the current category criteria applies in existing OSHC Licences and data about the distribution of the different provider categories across all existing OSHC Licences.
The Department held an OSHC Provider Category Review Information Session for service providers at 11 am on Wednesday 22 December 2021.
A recording of the session can be accessed here.
A second Information Session was held on 19 January 2022. This session also ran through the OSHC tender process.
A recording of the second session can be found here.
If you have any further questions, please contact us at BASCReform@det.nsw.edu.au