What is an authorised officer

Authorised officers are employed by state and territory regulatory authorities. The roles and responsibilities of an authorised officer are set out in the Education and Care Services National Law and may include:
  • monitoring education and care services and enforcing compliance
  • assessing applications for approval
  • conducting assessment and rating visits
  • investigating incidents and complaints
  • providing advice and guidance.
 
While referred to in the law as 'authorised officers', job titles can vary across states and territories depending on their role and the regulatory authority. This table details some of the most common terms used in the states and territories to describe authorised officers.
 

ACT

Authorised Officers with some team members referred to as Senior Investigators

NSW

Authorised Officers are known as Senior Field Officers, Field Officers and Field Support Officers. They conduct assessment and rating visits, as well as undertaking compliance tasks across the jurisdiction. There is also a Compliance and Investigation team that investigate complex or serious incidents and/or high levels of non-compliance.

NT

Compliance Officers and Assessors

QLD

Authorised officers. In regional offices, they may also be referred to as an Early Childhood Manager or Early Childhood Officer.

SA

Authorised Officers and Senior Authorised Officers

TAS

Most staff are Authorised Officers. Roles include Education and Care Assessors, Regulatory Officers and Managers

VIC

Authorised officers

WA

Assessment Officers or Investigation Officers


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