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 purpose of the applied law system is to set a national standard for children’s education and care across Australia. In effect it means the same law is applied in each state and territory, but with some varied provisions as applicable to the needs of each state or territory.

In this case Victoria passed the Education and Care Service National Law Act 2010 and other jurisdictions adopted that law through an Application Act or passed corresponding legislation.

View the legislation that applies in each state or territory, and if applicable, the corresponding Application Act below:

State or TerritoryLegislationApplication Act
Victoria

Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010

 
New South WalesChildren (Education and Care Services National Law Application) Act 2010
Australian Capital TerritoryEducation and Care Services National Law (ACT) Act 2011
Northern TerritoryEducation and Care Services (National Uniform Legislation) ACT 2011
South AustraliaEducation and Early Childhood Services (Registration and Standards) Act 2011
TasmaniaEducation and Care Services National Law (Application) Act 2011
QueenslandEducation and Care Services National Law (Queensland) Act 2011 
Western AustraliaEducation and Care Services National Law (WA) Act 2012 

Information about how the NQF applies in your state or territory is available from your regulatory authority.

Purchase a copy of the legislation in: ACT, NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic, WA.