The National Quality Framework raises quality and drives continuous improvement and consistency in Australian education and care services.Established in 2012, the NQF applies to most long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten and outside schools hours care services.
As an educator or service provider, you will find this section contains detailed information on the National Quality Framework, its implementation and how it applies to you.
Starting Blocks is our new, family friendly resource to give parents information about early childhood education and care to help them make the best choice for their child and family. Visit the Starting Blocks website for more information.
A regulatory authority in each state and territory regulates and assesses children’s education and care services. In this section regulatory authority staff will find information and resources to support their work.
Please contact the regulatory authority in your state or territory from the list below. If you wish to contact ACECQA, please click here.
ACTChildren's Education and Care Assurance, Education Directorate
NSWNSW Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate, Department of Education
NTQuality Education and Care NT, Department of Education
QLDRegulation, Assessment and Service Quality, Early Childhood and Community Engagement, Dept of Education and Training
SAEducation and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board of South Australia
TASDepartment of Education, Education and Care Unit
VICDepartment of Education and Training
WADepartment of Local Government and Communities, Education and Care Regulatory Unit