Improved educator to child ratios

New ratios for services in ACT, NSW, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria

Improved educator to child ratios started on 1 January 2016 in all states and territories, except Tasmania and Western Australia where they were already in place. Improved educator to child ratios are a key factor in delivering quality education and care and brings national consistency to this important area of the National Quality Framework (NQF).

Information sheets are available to download:

New educator to child ratios for education and care services pdf document

Meeting new educator to child ratios for education and care services pdf document

 

Affected age groups, services and jurisdictions

  • New ratios apply for children older than 24 months and younger than 36 months at centre-based services in NSW, Queensland and South Australia.
     
  • New ratios apply for children older than 36 months up to and including preschool age for all centre-based services in Queensland and Victoria.
     
  • New ratios apply for preschools in ACT, Northern Territory and South Australia.
     
  • New ratios apply for family day care services in Queensland.
     
  • The educator to child ratios are already in place in Tasmania and Western Australia and therefore no changes are required.

 Please click the map to view full NQF ratio requirements.