Priority of Access

The Priority of Access and Offer Policy Guidelines ensures a fair and equitable process when allocating four-year-old preschool places for families living in or connected to Nillumbik. Families who are not residents or ratepayers and cannot demonstrate a connection to Nillumbik can still register but will be allocated a place on a lower priority rating.

This policy does not apply to three-year-old preschool programs. A child who attends a three-year-old preschool program will not automatically be enrolled or guaranteed a place at the same preschool in the four-year-old program.

Prior to submitting an application, read the Priority of Access and Offer Policy Guidelines(PDF, 2MB) for information about the application and offer process, the No Jab No Play legislation, how priority of access ratings are determined, the roles of families, Council and preschools during the process.

Where demand is higher than preschool places available, applicants on the same priority of access rating will be allocated using a computer generated random selection by the Central Registration system (Xpedite).

Following is a summary of how the priority of access ratings are determined: 

Priority 1:
  • Children at risk of abuse or neglect
  • Children in Out-of-Home care
  • Children who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Asylum seeker and refugee children
  • Children eligible for the Kindergarten Fee subsidy (Children or parents who hold a Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card, Veteran’s Affairs Card or multiple birth children - triplets or more)
  • Children with additional needs/requirements (supporting documentation needs to be attached to the application. Due consideration will be given based on this documentation)
  • Children who currently attend the preschool and have been approved for a second year of four-year-old preschool by the Department of Education and Training.
Priority 2:
  • Children who are/intending to be Nillumbik residents or children of Nillumbik rate payers
Priority 3:

Children who have a connection to Nillumbik (only one form of connection/supporting documentation is required). A connection to Nillumbik is defined as meeting any of the following:

  • The child's parent/guardian is working or studying in Nillumbik (evidenced by a letter or document from an employer or education institution)
  • The child has regular child care arrangements in Nillumbik (evidenced by a letter or invoice from the child care service provider or a certified statutory declaration from an unpaid child care provider)
  • The child is attending the three-year-old program at the preschool (evidenced by a document from the preschool confirming enrolment/attendance)
  • The child has a sibling who attended the preschool within five years of the child's attendance year, (evidenced by an attendance record or invoice from the preschool)
  • The child's preferred Nillumbik preschool is the closest preschool to the child's place of residence when travelling the shortest practical route (as verified by Google maps)
Priority 4:

Children who are non-resident/ratepayers, and do not have a connection to Nillumbik.