Diploma level education and care qualifications

Qualifications list
 

Under regulation 137 of the Education and Care Services National Regulations ACECQA must publish a list of approved and former approved diploma level education and care qualifications.

This list is relevant to educators, family day care coordinators, and applicants for a supervisor certificate who want to work in any approved education and care service across Australia. It replaces any existing state and territory lists of diploma level qualifications from 1 January 2012.

A person who holds an approved diploma level qualification is a diploma level educator for the purposes of the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations.

A person who holds a former approved diploma level qualification is a diploma level educator for the purposes of the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations if the person completed the qualification before 1 January 2012.

Individuals are able to be considered as diploma level educators for ratio purposes while they are 'actively working towards' an approved diploma qualification. For information on how, or when, a person is considered 'actively working towards' an approved diploma qualification please visit our actively working towards page.

Most qualification requirements are set out in part 4.4 of the National Regulations. Please be aware that many states and territories have saving and transitional provisions which affect qualification requirements – those provisions are included in chapter 7 of the National Regulations. If you have enquiries about state or territory specific saving and transitional provisions, please contact your regulatory authority.

Below is a summary of the qualification requirements for staff in centre-based services and family day care services.

For centre-based services

Age of Children 

Qualification requirement

Birth to
preschool age

From 1 January 2012 in NT

50 per cent of educators required to meet the relevant ratios in the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved diploma level education and care qualification.

From 1 January 2014 in all states and territories

50 per cent of educators required to meet the relevant ratios in the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved diploma level education and care qualification.

Over preschool    age

From 1 January 2012 in VIC, QLD, SA, WA, ACT

There are no national qualification requirements for educators at centre-based services educating and caring for children who are over preschool age. State and territory qualification requirements (if applicable) continue to apply. See the lists of approved qualification requirements for children over preschool age.

From 1 January 2014 in NT

There are no national qualification requirements for educators at centre-based services educating and caring for children who are over preschool age. State and territory qualification requirements (if applicable) continue to apply. See the lists of approved qualification requirements for children over preschool age.


For family day care services

Age of children

Qualification Requirement

Birth to 13 years

From 1 January 2012 in VIC, SA, NT

All family day care coordinators must hold an approved diploma level education and care qualification.

From 1 January 2014 in all states and territories

All family day care coordinators must hold an approved diploma level education and care qualification.