Key steps

1. Pre-application

1.1 Record an expression of interest/application
1.2 Distribute an information kit
1.3 Invite the person to an information session
1.4 Provide the home safety checklist
1.5 Conduct a household safety study
1.6 Regulated home-based services
1.7 Address identified concerns about suitability
1.8 Lodge the application

2. Assessment

2.1 Complete pre-service training
2.2 Facilitate personal history checks
2.3 Conduct a household safety study
2.4 Conduct assessment interviews
2.5 Discretionary information checks
2.6 Assess the application for approval
2.7 Complete the assessment report

3. Approval

3.1 Decide the outcome of the application for approval
3.2 Extend the timeframe for deciding the initial application
3.3 Approve the application
3.4 Refuse the application
3.5 Complete a foster carer agreement

4. Renewal

4.1 Standard and advanced training
4.2 Invite an application for renewal of approval
4.3 Lodge the application for renewal
4.4 Facilitate personal history checks
4.5 Conduct a househild safety study
4.6 Conduct medical checks, if applicable
4.7 Assess the application for renewal
4.8 Complete the renewal assessment report
4.9 Decide the outcome of the application for renewal
4.10 Approve the application for renewal
4.11 Review support arrangements
4.12 Review the foster carer agreement

What ifs - responding to specific regulation of care matters

1. What if the applicant requires provisional approval?
2. What if there is a change in carer circumstances?
3. What if a carer or carer applicant is also a Child Safety employee?
4. What if a review of carer suitability is required?
5. What if one spouse is not able to participate in the assessment and approval process?
6. What if a carer applicant resides interstate?
7. What if the foster or kinship carer decides to cease being a carer?
8. What if a carer requests access to their personal information?
9. What if a foster or kinship carer's certificate of approval requires amendment, suspension or cancellation, other than on blue card or exemption card grounds?
10. What if a foster or kinship carer's certificate of approval requires suspension or cancellation, on blue card or exemption card grounds?
11. What if a provisionally approved carer's certificate of approval requires amendment, suspension or cancellation?
12. What if a spousal relationship ends during the renewal of approval for the carer couple and only one carer wishes to continue as a carer?