Enrolment and fees
UTS Child Care Inc (UTSCC) is open to families from the UTS and local communities, as well as families who work at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
If you wish to enrol your child/ren at any of the UTS Child Care centres, first read the information below and on our waiting list enquiries page, which contains important enrolment information, before completing the application form.
If you have any enquiries, contact the centre where you wish to enrol. You are welcome to visit the centre and we ask that you call in advance to ensure a staff member is available to answer any questions you may have. A comprehensive enrolment interview with the director of the service will be available upon successfully securing a place.
To apply, complete the online waiting list application form. Please be advised that completing the waiting list application does not guarantee enrolment, demand for child care remains high, particularly in the 0–2 age group. Once you have returned the completed form, your name will be placed on the waiting list for the UTS Child Care service/s of your choice.
Note: we cannot guarantee availability at the time and for the days requested. Depending on present circumstances and enrolments, some families may need to wait over a year before being offered a place.
How are places allocated?
There are many factors that are taken into consideration in determing the allocation of places; including the days available, the age of the child, and the group dynamics.
Taking these factors into account, places will generally be offered in the following order:
- UTS Staff
- UTS Students
- ABC Staff
- siblings of currently enrolled children
- those who live or work in the local community
As an approved child care provider, UTS Child Care is required to follow the Australian Government's Priority of Access Guidelines for allocating places. These stipulate:
- a child at risk of serious abuse or neglect
- a child of a single parent who satisfies, or of parents who both satisfy, the work/training/study test under Section 14 of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
- any other child
Within these main categories priority should also be given to the following children:
- children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
- children in families that include a disabled person
- children in families that include an individual whose adjusted taxable income does not exceed the CCB low income threshold, or who or whose partner are on income support
- children in families from a non-English speaking background
- children in socially isolated families, and
- children of single parents
How can I increase my chances of gaining a place?
Unfortunately, we simply do not have a position for everyone who wants a place. This is particularly true in the 0-2 year old age group. As a general guide, we make the following suggestions:
- Place your name on the waiting list early. If you plan on working or studying at UTS or the ABC, put your application in at the same time as you apply for your position. There is no need to wait until your baby is born. There is no such thing as too early when joining the Waiting List. Just remember to keep your details up to date as they change.
- Be flexible. You may not get your preferred start date or days, but if you are prepared to take up an offer once it is made, it is easier to request a change to your days once you are in the centre. Similarly, if you are offered a place a month before you are due to return to work, consider taking it. There is no guarantee that you will be offered a place exactly when you want it to start.
- Keep in contact. Keep your contact details up to date, reconfirm your interest quarterly, return our attempts to contact you promptly. Once a position becomes available we have a limited time to fill it, so if we don't hear back from you within 24 hours, we will move to the next person on the list.
Fees at UTS Child care centres are determined by the board and rebates are available to eligible UTS staff and students. The UTSCC Fee Policy contains important information regarding payment of fees and bonds. A copy is provided to all families upon acceptance of a place.
2020 child care fees – effective 8 January 2020
Daily session 0 – 3 years
- Community – $118 / day
- UTS Staff – $113 / day
- UTS Student – $105 / day
Daily session 3 – 5 years
- Community – $105 / day
- UTS Staff – $100 / day
- UTS Student – $92 / day
Your family may be eligible to receive assistance from the Commonwealth Government towards the cost of child care fees. It is the responsibility of families to apply for this assistance. Please see Services Australia or contact your nearest Service Centre Office (Medicare, Centrelink or ATO) for details.
Note: if you are offered a place at UTS Child Care, a $70 enrolment levy and a bond equal to 2 weeks' full fees will be required to secure the position at the time of acceptance.