Changes to NQF from October 2017

Changes to NQF from October 2017

Changes to the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations were announced in February with the release of the Decision Regulation Impact Statement.

The changes are being made following the 2014 review of the National Partnership Agreement on the National Quality Agenda (NQA) for Early Childhood Education and Care. Families, communities and industry sector representatives were consulted during the review.

The aim of the changes is to simplify and streamline processes contained in the National Quality Framework (NQF) and reduce regulatory burden for early education and care service providers.

Families in NSW will benefit from stronger oversight of family day care services and improvements to early childhood education laws, following new national rules adopted by the NSW government.

Regulatory oversight will be improved and unnecessary red tape reduced for all approved providers. Importantly, these changes will strengthen oversight and regulatory activity in the family day care sector.

The key changes to the National Law are:

  • A revised National Quality Standard (NQS) to strengthen quality through greater clarity, remove conceptual overlap between elements and standards, clarify language and reduce the number of standards and elements from 18 standards to 15, and 58 to 40 elements.
  • 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. A 12 month transitional period will apply in NSW to allow the sector time for introduction of this new requirement.

The changes will come into effect progressively from 1 October 2017 in all states and territories, except in Western Australia where they will be implemented by 1 October 2018, and there will be a transition period for some changes to allow services time to adjust.

We have also distributed information to services and providers, alerting them that the DRIS has been released.

If you would like more information

Please read the Decision Regulation Impact Statement, available on the Education Council website. The Decision RIS provides an analysis of the regulatory impacts of changes to the National Quality Framework and stakeholder views.

Further information is also available on the ACECQA website.



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