It is the responsibility of the approved provider to ensure that every reasonable precaution is taken to protect children being educated and cared for by the education and care service from harm and any hazard likely to cause injury (Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 s.167(1)).  The responsibility includes responding to potential risks from bushfires, natural disasters, extreme weather events or other emergencies.

Each education and care service must have emergency and evacuation policy and procedures in place (Education and Care Services National Regulations, regulation 168(2)(e))[1]). Each service must also ensure that its emergency and evacuation procedures meet the requirements set out in regulation 97.  The Guide to the NQF notes that ‘Emergency’ refers to all situations or events posing an imminent or severe risk to those present at an education and care service premises. For example, an emergency could include a fire, flood or threat that requires a service to be locked down.

Further information regarding legislative requirements can be found at The Guide to the NQF.

If you have any questions about regulations or if you are an ‘out of scope’ service, under the Child Care Act (Tasmania) 2001, please contact the ECU.

[1] Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011