Emergency notice

State Law and Regulations amended

To bring all services into alignment under the requirements of the National Law, and following on from the department’s advance notice in 2018, changes to the State Law and Regulations commenced on 27 May 2019.

Importantly, these changes now align the State Law with the National Law so that all families with young children in NSW benefit from the same safeguards and quality benchmarks, no matter what type of service their children attends.

In NSW, the Children (Education and Care Services) Supplementary Provisions Act 2011 (the State Law) and the Children (Education and Care Services) Supplementary Provisions Supplementary Provisions Regulation 2019 (the State Regulations) provide the regulatory frameworks for both occasional care services and mobile preschools.

The main changes are:

  • The State Law now only applies to occasional care and mobile services – these two service types make up the significant majority of services regulated under the State Law;
  • Extending the ‘assessment and rating’ (A&R) process that is the centrepiece of the National Quality Framework, to service types regulated under the State Law; and
  • Discontinuing home-based care and care services in shopping centres.

The State Law now essentially mirrors the National Law so that if the National Law changes, the State Law will also change, enabling consistent quality across the sector.

Sector support, including face to face workshops and webinars, is being made available for out of scope services for training and assistance over the next 6 months. This tailored support is a great opportunity to network with fellow education and care providers and develop existing skills.

More information can be found here

Or contact Information and Enquiries on 1800 619 113 (toll free) and at ececd@det.nsw.edu.au

Category:  June 2019,

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