NQF changes from 1 October 2017

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  Published on Tuesday, 05 September 2017

NQF changes from 1 October 2017

Library Home  >  Government Policy & Quality Standards
  Published on Tuesday, 05 September 2017

Further changes to the National Quality Framework take effect from next month, 1 October, with another raft of changes scheduled for the beginning of February 2018.

The changes were agreed by Australian, state and territory ministers, in a move ACECQA says will ensure early childhood education and care in Australia continues to improve efficiently and effectively under the NQF.

Key changes

A revised National Quality Standard (NQS) to strengthen quality through greater clarity, remove conceptual overlap between elements and standards and clarify language.

  • Improved oversight and support within Family Day Care to achieve better compliance and quality across the whole sector.
  • Removing supervisor certificate requirements so service providers have more autonomy in deciding who can be the responsible person in each service, and to reduce red tape.
  • Introduction of a national educator to child ratio of 1:15 for services providing education and care to school age children.

For detailed information about the changes check out ACECQA's Factsheet.

Timeframes

1 October 2017 – National Law and Regulations changes commence in all states and territories, except Western Australia. In Western Australia changes will commence by 1 October 2018 to allow for the legislation to pass through that parliament.

1 February 2018 – Revised National Quality Standard (NQS) commences in all states and territories, including Western Australia.

ACECQA have developed a range of online resources to help service providers understand the reason for the changes and ensure they are implemented with as little disruption as possible:

This child care article was last reviewed or updated on Thursday, 21 January 2021



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