Using self-assessment to enhance your assessment & rating experience

New ‘Self-Assessment Working Document’ combines aspects of the ACECQA self-assessment tool and the NSW regulatory authority online self-assessment form.

23 September 2020

The Department of Education has been developing a self-assessment working document to support services to engage in continuous improvement on an ongoing basis and also prepare for assessment and rating (A&R) - the idea of continuous self-assessment is that you are always ready for A&R.

Download the self-assessment working document (PDF, 2.8 MB)

Note: You will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your device to use the self -assessment working document.

Providing self-assessment information provides an excellent opportunity to engage in the A&R process, by sharing your service’s unique context and key practices. Services who use the new working document will easily be able to provide their information in the online ‘self-assessment form’, a link to this form is provided when services are notified of their scheduled A&R visit.

Services who choose to opt in for self-assessment are not required to submit a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) as the online self-assessment form incorporates the key elements of the QIP.

Services who currently hold a Working Towards rating and have made improvements to their practice since their last assessment visit, are able to apply for a free reassessment and re-rating using the ‘self-assessment for quality improvement’ approach.

A dedicated quality support team is available to help services through the self-assessment process and be contacted via

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