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.
Council of Australian Governments
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia. It comprises the Prime Minister, State Premiers, Territory Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). The Prime Minister chairs COAG. The role of COAG is to initiate, develop and monitor the implementation of policy reforms that are of national significance and which require cooperative action by Australian Governments. COAG agreed to the National Quality Framework on 7 December 2009.
Department of Education and Training
The Department of Education and Training is responsible for delivering the Australian Government's key commitments on child care and early learning and advising on major policy reforms at a national level.
The Education Council is a forum through which strategic policy on school education and early childhood development, including children’s education and care, can be coordinated at a national level to improve educational outcomes for all Australians. It comprises state, territory and Australian Government ministers, as well as New Zealand as a non-decision-making member, with portfolio responsibility for school education, higher education and early childhood.
Australian Capital Territory
ACT GovernmentCommunity Services DirectorateEducation and Training DirectorateHealth Directorate
New South WalesState Government of NSWNSW HealthFamily and Community ServicesCommission for Children and Young PeopleDepartment of Education and Training
Northern TerritoryState Government of NTDepartment of Health Department of Education and Training
QueenslandState Government of QLDDepartment of CommunitiesQueensland HealthDepartment of Communities - Child Safety ServicesDepartment of Education and Training
South AustraliaState Government of SADepartment for Communities and Social Inclusion Department of Health Department for Education and Child Development
TasmaniaState Government of TasmaniaDepartment of EducationDepartment of Health and Human Services
VictoriaState Government of VictoriaDepartment of Human ServicesDepartment of Education and Training Department of Planning and Community Development
Western AustraliaState Government of WADepartment for CommunitiesDepartment of HealthDepartment of Education Services