Amendments to the Education and Care Services National Regulations – 1 September 2013
Amendments to the Education and Care Services National Regulations came into effect on 1 September 2013 in all states and territories except Western Australia, where they started on 31 December 2013.
The main amendments included:
- clarifying the definition of a ‘serious incident’ (except in Western Australia)reducing the amount of paperwork providers need to show when they want to temporarily relocate a centre-based service for less than 12 months or locate a service on a school site
- clarifying the requirements to rehearse emergency and evacuation procedures every three months
- making it easier for educators who gained their qualification overseas to have it assessed for equivalence
- making it easier for centre-based service providers to educate and care for extra children in emergency situations by temporarily waiving space, educator-to-child ratios and early childhood teacher requirements for extra children.
Information on these amendments is available here.
State and territory specific amendments
There were also a number of state and territory specific changes included in the amendments.
Fact sheets outlining the 2013 amendments for each state and territory are available in the Resources section below.
A copy of the National Regulations (except Western Australia) with the 2013 amendments is available on the NSW Legislation Register.
The Western Australian Education and Care Services National Regulations are available to download here.
Updates to the National Quality Framework Resource Kit
Two of the four guides in the National Quality Framework Resource Kit (NQF Resource Kit) were updated to reflect the amendments.
The key 2013 changes are outlined in a table here and on the inside cover of the Guide to the National Law and Regulations and Guide to the National Quality Standard.
The updated version also includes a number of small changes to update or correct references to the National Law and Regulations and other publications.
The updated version of the kit is available to download or view from here.