National Regulations

The National Quality Framework and associated regulatory system is enacted through the legislation establishing the national system. The Education and Care Services National Regulations  (National Regulations) support the legislation and provide detail on a range of operational requirements for an education and care service including:

  • application processes for provider approval, service approval and supervisor certificates
  • setting out the rating scale
  • the process for the rating and assessment of services against the National Quality Standard
  • minimum requirements relating to the operation of education and care services organised around each of the seven Quality Areas
  • arrangements to move existing services into the new system.

The National Regulations also set out the range of transaction fees applicable to an education and care service.

The National Quality Standard is located at schedule 1 of the National Regulations.

On 9 December 2011 the former Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) made the Education and Care Services National Regulations under sections 301 and 324 of the Education and Care Services National Law as applied by the law of the states and territories. The Regulations are published on the NSW Legislation website.

Amendments to the Education and Care Services National Regulations came into effect on 1 September 2013 in all states and territories except Western Australia, where they started on 31 December 2013. You can find more information about the amendments here.

Further amendments to the Education and Care Services National Regulations came into effect on 1 June 2014 in all states and territories except Western Australia, where they came into effect on 1 December 2014. You can find more information about the amendments here.

If you require hard copies of the National Regulations they may be purchased from Fuji Xerox. Please email bookshop@fujixerox.com with the following:

  • contact details
  • postage details
  • legislation name (Education and Care Services National Regulations)
  • number of copies required.  

The Western Australian Education and Care Services National Regulations are available to download here.