Amendments to the Education and Care Services National Regulations June 2014

Friday 30 May, 2014

1 June 2014 amendments to the National Regulations

Amendments to the National Regulations have been made to resolve some issues identified since the introduction of the National Quality Framework (NQF). 

State and territory ministers and the Australian Government have agreed to further amendments to the National Regulations, and came into effect 1 June 2014 except in Western Australia where they started on 1 December 2014.

Informed by sector feedback, the amendments will deliver benefits for providers, educators and regulatory authorities by streamlining processes, reducing paperwork and administration, and providing greater flexibility.

The main amendments include:

  • Streamlining the supervisor certificate application process (except in Western Australia)
  • Greater flexibility for centre-based services to meet staffing requirements when employing new educators.  New South Wales and South Australia are retaining current requirements for certificate III educators in centre-based services.
  • Extending the timeframe for a person who is actively working towards an early childhood teaching qualification to be counted towards early childhood teacher requirements
  • A more practical approach to submission of Quality Improvement Plans for approved providers with a new service, who are now required to submit the QIP for the new service to their regulatory authority on request, rather than within a mandatory three month period.

Information on these amendments and what they mean for states and territories is available in the Resources section below. A detailed fact sheet about the changes to the supervisor certificate application process is available here.

A copy of the National Regulations (except Western Australia) with the amendments is available on the NSW Legislation Register (search education and care). 

State and territory specific amendments

There are also a number of state and territory specific amendments. Information about the Western Australia amendments is available here for all other states and territories information is available in the Resources section below (Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania.

National Quality Framework Resource Kit Updated

The National Quality Framework Resource Kit has been updated and is available here.

Amendments that came into effect on 1 September 2013

The first amendments to the National Regulations came into effect from 1 September 2013 in all states and territories except Western Australia, where they started on 31 December 2013.  Information on these amendments is available here.