If your education and care qualification is not listed on the approved qualifications list you can apply to ACECQA to have it/them assessed for equivalence.
ACECQA will determine if you hold a qualification that is suitable, allowing you to be an educator in a service with children under school age or school age children.
You can apply to be either an:
- educator working with children under school age (such as long day care, preschool/kindergarten, family day care)
- educator working with school age children (such as outside school hours care).
Instructions on how to submit an application and guidance on the assessment process are outlined below.
Educators working with children under school age
The qualifications in this category are also known as ‘early childhood’ qualifications as they relate to the delivery of education and care to children under school age. There are three types of early childhood qualifications:
Download the Guidelines for the determination of equivalent early childhood qualifications for advice about your application and how it will be processed.
Educators working with school age children
The qualifications in this category are also known as ‘school age’ qualifications as they relate to delivery of education and care to school age children, commonly known as outside school hours care (OSHC).
There is no national qualification standard for educators working with school age children. Each state and territory has its own specific requirements, which include qualifications that are broader in range than just early childhood qualifications. There are no qualification requirements for educators working with school age children in NSW or Tasmania.
ACECQA will assess your qualification(s) against the relevant state or territory specific requirements.
- Application form – working with school age children qualifications PDF
Moving between states or territories
If you have been assessed as meeting the qualification requirements to work with school age children in one state or territory and move to another, check to ensure you meet the new jurisdiction’s requirements.
ACECQA will email applicants within 10 working days once an application has been received and the fee payment processed. Assessments are usually completed within 60 calendar days, providing that all supporting documents are submitted and are appropriately certified. Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence. ACECQA conducts thorough checking of submitted documents and will notify the relevant law enforcement agency where it has reason to believe that false or misleading information is provided.
After an assessment
Once an outcome has been determined, ACECQA will notify the applicant of the outcome by email. If the application is assessed as not meeting the guidelines, the applicant will receive a letter outlining the reasons for the decision.