Australian, state and territory education ministers agreed to changes to
the National Quality Framework (NQF). These changes are outlined in a Decision
Regulation Impact Statement (Decision RIS).
to the legislation will commence from 1 October 2017 in all states and
territories except Western Australia. A revised NQS will be introduced on 1
February 2018 in all states and territories (including Western Australia).
Changes will be rolled out later in Western Australia (by 1 October 2018) to
allow for the legislation to be passed through the Western Australian
of the key changes proposed for the NQF include:
· A revised National
Quality Standard (NQS) to strengthen quality through greater clarity, remove
conceptual overlap between elements and standards, clarify language and reduce
the number of standards and elements.
· Improve oversight and
support within Family Day Care to achieve better compliance and quality across
the whole sector.
· Removing supervisor
certificate requirements so service providers have more autonomy in deciding who
can be the responsible person in each service to reduce red tape.
· Introduction of a
national educator to child ratio of 1:15 for services providing education and
care to school age children. (Noting that this does not affect Tasmania – or
some other states - as we already operate under this ratio).
governments and ACECQA are committed to supporting the sector to understand and
prepare for these changes. More information and guidance will be released over
Quality Framework Information Sheet – summary of the changes to the