Oct 03
Assessment and Rating visits - schedule change

​In preparation and lead up to the transition to the revised National Quality Standard (NQS) commencing 1 February 2018, the ECU would like to advise that there will be no assessment and rating visits conducted during December 2017 or January 2018.

If your service has not received a notification regarding the commencement of your assessment and rating cycle by 2 October 2017, then your service will not have an assessment and rating visit scheduled prior to 1 February 2018.
 
Services that have not received a notification by 2 October 2017 are encouraged to consider how their Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) aligns with the revised NQS and begin to make any updates that are necessary. 

The revised QIP template is now available on the ACECQA website   www.acecqa.gov.au/nqf-changes/information-sheets-and-resources .

The ACECQA information sheet Transitioning to the Revised National Quality Standard (pdf) provides additional information:

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Oct 03
REMINDER- Applications and notifications to be submitted through the NQA ITS portal

​Approved providers are reminded that most applications and notifications will now need to be submitted through the National Quality Agenda IT System, rather than through paper-based forms.

This change has been implemented as a result of changes to the National Law and National Regulations. Further information about the changes can be found on the ACECQA website.

For further assistance on registering for the NQA ITS, please access: http://files.acecqa.gov.au/files/NQAITS/NQA_ITS_final_DL_web.pdf

 

Sep 20
Renewing your Working with Children Check registration

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Your working with children check registration is a requirement under the Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Act (2013) and the Education and Care Services National Regulations (2011) and must be renewed every three years.

You cannot work within the education and care sector without holding current registration.

It is important to apply early to allow time for your registration to be processed. You can apply to renew your registration up to 90 days before the expiry date on your current registration card.

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Please ensure your contact details are up to date so that you can be sent a reminder to renew your registration.  Update your details on the working with children check website.

For registration renewal, visit the Department of Justice site and the My Registration page. Complete the online renewal form and choose an option to pay the fee. 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your registration, please contact the Department of Justice.

May 04
It's a great start.

​The Department of Education has just launched a new website which promotes services and programs for children in the early years.

The Great Start website includes links to a range of video support resources to assist parents to support their child. Go to the Great Start website

Apr 20
Capital Grants update
Applications for the minor infrastructure grants are now closed.
For more information, please contact the ECU on (03) 6165 5425.
 
Mar 31
Ministers agree to changes to the National Quality Framework
The 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).
Changes 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 parliament. 
Some 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).
All governments and ACECQA are committed to supporting the sector to understand and prepare for these changes. More information and guidance will be released over coming months.
·     Visit the Decision RIS information webpage for an overview of the changes. http://acecqa.gov.au/decisionris
·    Stay informed of the latest updates – subscribe to the ACECQA newsletter. www.acecqa.gov.au/acecqa-newsletters
·    National Quality Framework Information Sheet – summary of the changes to the NQF
Oct 11
The Child Protection Service is changing its name

The Child Protection Service is Changing to the Child Safety Service

From 30 September 2016, the Child Protection Service will be called the Child Safety Service.
This change is occurring as part of the Strong Families – Safe Kids project to reform the child protection system in Tasmania.

This is an important change, providing a signpost for further reform, as we work to deliver a child safety and wellbeing system that ensures the wellbeing of children and the resilience for families.

The re-naming of the Child Protection Service to the Child Safety Service reinforces the role of DHHS in responding to concerns about the safety and wellbeing of children; and emphasises that we must collaborate with others to build positive futures for children.

You can find out more about progress of all 30 action items under the Strong Families – Safe Kids Implementation Plan at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/strongfamilies-safekids 

Aug 09
2014 Review of the NQF

​The 2014 National Quality Framework Review is due to be finalised with the release of the Decision Regulatory Impact Statement. This document will provide details of the outcomes of the review and will outline implementation measures for changes resulting from the review process.

It is intended that changes to the National Law and the National Regulations and implementation of these changes will commence in 2017.

Communication regarding these matters will be ongoing to ensure all stakeholders are well informed of both the details, impacts and requirements of the changes.

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