The National Quality Framework raises quality and drives continuous improvement and consistency in Australian education and care services.Established in 2012, the NQF applies to most long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten and outside schools hours care services.
As an educator or service provider, you will find this section contains detailed information on the National Quality Framework, its implementation and how it applies to you.
Starting Blocks is our new, family friendly resource to give parents information about early childhood education and care to help them make the best choice for their child and family. Visit the Starting Blocks website for more information.
A regulatory authority in each state and territory regulates and assesses children’s education and care services. In this section regulatory authority staff will find information and resources to support their work.
All governments and ACECQA are committed to supporting the sector to understand and prepare for changes to the National Quality Framework (NQF). Most changes commenced on 1 October 2017 in all states and territories (except Western Australia which will commence by 1 October 2018).
Transitioning to the revised National Quality Standard - Published on 14 September 2017, revised on 27 November 2017
Changes to the Excellent rating eligibility and criteria - Published on 15 November 2017
New guidance on determining Exceeding NQS for standards - Published 07 September 2017
Responsible person requirements for approved providers - Published 30 August 2017
Key changes to notifications, incidents and complaints - Revised 19 September 2017
Documenting programs for school age children - Published 17 August 2017
Requirements for family day care providers - Revised 18 September 2017
Requirements for family day care educators - Published 17 August 2017
Revised NQS and other changes - Published April 2017
Changes to the NQF – summary of all decisions - Published February 2017
Quality Improvement Plan template from 1 February 2018 - Published 14 September 2017
Safe sleep and rest practices from October 2017 - Published 01 August 2017
Comparison between current and revised NQS - Published April 2017
Family day care educator compliance responsibilities under the National Law and National Regulations - Published October 2017
Family day care approved provider compliance responsibilities under the National Law and National Regulations - Published October 2017
Family day care nominated supervisor compliance responsibilities under the National Law and National Regulations - Published October 2017
Slide pack - Exceeding guidance presentationPublished 30 August 2017
Changes to the NQF presentation Published April 2017
Revised NQS A3 poster Revised NQS A4 Revised NQS A5
Published April 2017
The story so far infographic
Published February 2017
ACECQA’s Quest for Quality Game explores the quality areas in the revised NQS. Download the free game and instructions or purchase a set of the knowledge cards. Published August 2017
ACECQA’s National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone presents an overview of key changes to the National Quality Framework (NQF) in this Early Childhood Australia (ECA) webcast .
Published 11 September 2017
NQF - The Journey So Far video
Published 25 September 2017