On this page you will find links to research papers including reports published by ACECQA on the National Quality Framework (NQF).
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.
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).
ACECQA publishes a series of occasional papers on different aspects of the NQF.
Education and care sector research
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.
Education Evidence Base Inquiry (2016) Productivity Commission
Childcare and Early Childhood Learning (2014) Productivity Commission
Families Research Project Pilot Study (Hall & Partners Research)
ACECQA Annual Reports
Annual Report 2015-16 on-line
Annual Report 2015-16
Annual Report 2014-15
Annual Report 2013-14
Annual Report 2012-13
Annual Report 2011-12