National Law

The National Quality Framework (NQF) operates under an applied law system, comprising the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations. The NQF applies to most long day care, family day care, outside school hours care and preschools/kindergartens in Australia.

An applied law system is a way of establishing national laws. In effect it is one law but with some varied provisions in each state or territory.

A host jurisdiction (in this case Victoria) passed a law (the Education and Care Service National Law Act 2010) and other jurisdictions adopted that law or passed corresponding legislation.

To view the legislation that applies in each jurisdiction, click on the state or territory below:

Victoria - 12 October 2010 Purchase a hard copy here

New South Wales - 29 November 2010 Purchase a hard copy here 

Australian Capital Territory - 25 October 2011 Purchase a hard copy here

Queensland - 16 November 2011 Purchase a hard copy here

Northern Territory - 21 November 2011 Purchase a hard copy here

South Australia - 23 November 2011 Purchase a hard copy here

Tasmania - 23 November 2011 Purchase a hard copy here

Western Australia - 20 June 2012 Purchase a hard copy here

Information about the application of the NQF in your state or territory is available from your regulatory authority.

The Education and Care Services National Law for each state and territory is available to download from this page.