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The authorisation of Community Services foster care applications is managed by the Carerlink system.
Carerlink is a web-based system that allows potential carers to apply online and helps Community Services staff process foster care applications.
The Carerlink system tracks and monitors applications from initial contact to authorisation. It commenced in March 2009 and provides Community Services staff with high-level administrative support associated with receiving and processing carer applications.
Community Services is responsible for final assessment and authorisation of carers.
The transition of OOHC services from the government to the non-government sector will require developing non-government capacity in carer authorisation.