Research and reports

On this page you will find links to research papers including reports published by ACECQA on the National Quality Framework (NQF).

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NQF Evaluation FrameworkEarly Childhood and Child Care in Summary
NQF SnapshotsNational Workforce Census
Occasional PapersEarly Childhood Resource Hub
Regulatory Burden ReportsStarting Strong reports (OECD)
National Partnership AgreementsReport on Government Services
Operational Activity ReportsACECQA submissions
Education and care sector researchFamilies Research
NQF foundation and review documentsACECQA Annual Reports
Explanatory materials for NQF legislation 


NQF Evaluation Framework

The NQF Evaluation Framework was developed so that governments and their regulatory agencies will have an agreed way of understanding whether and how the NQF is meeting its objectives.

NQF Snapshots

View current and previous NQF Snapshots, which provide an overview of the Australian children’s education and care sector, including the progress and results of quality assessment and rating against the National Quality Standard (NQS).

Occasional Papers

ACECQA publishes a series of occasional papers on different aspects of the NQF.

Education and care sector research

Regulatory Burden

To monitor changes in perceptions and experiences of regulatory burden between 2013 and 2015, ACECQA undertook a three stage longitudinal study.

National Partnership Agreements



Operational Activity Report

As part of ACECQA’s ongoing commitment to openness and transparency, we continue to make information publicly available about our operational functions including the number of Excellent rating applications received and awarded, and how many second tier review and qualification assessment applications from individuals and organisations have been conducted.

View the most recent ACECQA operational activity data including applications by month, location and outcome. ACECQA will continue to update the information quarterly.

NQF foundation and review documents

Explanatory materials for NQF legislation

Early Childhood and Child Care in Summary

National Workforce Census

Early Childhood Resource Hub

Starting Strong reports (OECD)

Report on Government Services

ACECQA collaborates with state and territory governments and other agencies on the early childhood education and care chapter of the annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) produced by the Productivity Commission.

ACECQA submissions

Education Evidence Base Inquiry (2016) Productivity Commission

Childcare and Early Childhood Learning (2014) Productivity Commission

Families Research

Families Research Project Pilot Study (Hall & Partners Research) pdf symbol

ACECQA Annual Reports

Annual Report 2015-16 on-line
Annual Report 2015-16 PDF symbol
Annual Report 2014-15 PDF symbol
Annual Report 2013-14 PDF symbol
Annual Report 2012-13 PDF symbol
Annual Report 2011-12 PDF symbol