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How the Department of Education can help early childhood education and care services and OSHC services respond to emergencies and natural disasters, such as bushfires, floods and storms.

Waivers

Centre-based and FDC services affected by bushfires, floods or other emergencies can apply for a temporary waiver. We can grant temporary waivers for:

  • physical environment – e.g. fencing, indoor space or outdoor space requirements

  • staffing – e.g. ratios or educator qualifications.

Waivers related to emergencies are:

  • considered on a case-by-case basis

  • only open to services in clear need, and as long as there’s no increased risk to children’s safety

  • fast-tracked.

We'll consider the period of time a waiver is granted so services don't have to reapply each day they don't meet the requirements.

To apply for a waiver:

  • submit an application in NQA ITS (SA08 Application of service or temporary waiver). Select the temporary waiver option.
  • select the regulation you are applying to waive.
  • pay the fee – we'll refund this fee as long as your application is related to a current emergency.

We can provide advice on your options and help you with your application.

For advice and assistance on lodging a waiver application, please contact us by:

In the event of a bushfire, flood or other emergency and where a service has to close for a significant period of time, the department may be able to assist with placements for children. Find arly childhood education and care services here.

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If your service premises are damaged or affected by bushfires, floods or other emergencies, you can apply for a temporary relocation of your service.

Temporary relocation applications relating to emergencies are considered on a case-by-case basis and will be expedited.

To apply for temporary relocation:

  • submit an application in NQA ITS (SA01 Application for service approval – centre based).

  • pay the fee – we'll refund this fee as long as your application is related to a current emergency.

  • document requirements for a temporary relocation application (refer to Regulation 25A).

  • submit an application in NQAITS to suspend the service approval for the affected premises (SA06 Application for Voluntary Suspension of Service Approval).

  • on completion of the works and subject to a site visit, the renovated service premises will need to be reinstated. The service must request in writing that the voluntary suspension be lifted by the Department.

  • submit an application in NQAITS to surrender the service premises at the temporary relocation (SA07 Notification of Surrender of Service Approval).

We can provide advice on your options and support you with your application.

For advice and help with lodging a temporary relocation application, please contact us by:

In regions affected by bushfires, floods or other emergencies, services can apply to temporarily increase the maximum number of children who can be educated and cared by the service at any one time.

Applications to temporarily increase maximum numbers are:

  • Considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Only open to services in clear need, and as long as there’s no increased risk to children’s safety.

  • Fast-tracked – if related to a current emergency.

To apply for a temporary increase to maximum numbers:

  • Submit an application in NQA ITS (SA03 Application for amendment to service approval)

  • Pay the fee – we'll refund this fee as long as your application is related to a current emergency.

We can provide advice on your options and help you with your application.

For advice and assistance on lodging a temporary increase to maximum numbers application, please contact us by:

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