Guide to the National Quality Framework

The new Guide to the National Quality Framework (NQF) is designed to help education and care providers, educators and authorised officers understand and apply the requirements of the NQF. 

The information in the Guide has been taken from the previous NQF Resource Kit and the Operational Policy Manual, to produce a single document, updated to reflect changes to the NQF.

The Guide has been designed as an online PDF document and will be updated as required. The first update is planned for release in early 2018 to reflect the revised National Quality Standard (NQS) from 1 February 2018. For example, some regulation references will change when the revised NQS is introduced. 

Any changes to the Guide will be added at the bottom of the page

Ordering a copy

There are currently no printed copies of the Guide to the NQF available to purchase as the Guide will require updating in early 2018 to reflect the revised NQS, which will be introduced February 2018. We are currently assessing a print on demand service for introduction closer to February 2018.

The Guide is not legal advice and should be read in conjunction with the National Law and Regulations, which take precedence over any guidance.

How to use the Guide

Download your copy:

·      Full version  Guide to the NQF

·      Individual chapters in the table below.

SectionInformation applies
Introduction Applies in all states and territories (except WA) 1 October 2017.
Applications and Approvals Applies in all states and territories (except WA) 1 October 2017.
National Quality Standard and Operational Requirements 

Part A

Guide to the National Quality StandardRevised National Quality Standard applies in all states and territories
1 February 2018.
Assessment and Rating ProcessApplies in all states and territories
1 February 2018.
National Quality Standard and Operational Requirements 

Part B

Operational RequirementsApplies in all states and territories (except WA) 1 October 2017.
Regulatory authority powers Applies in all states and territories (except WA) 1 October 2017.
Reviews Applies in all states and territories (except WA) 1 October 2017.
Glossary Applies in all states and territories (except WA) 1 October 2017.


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ACECQA values your feedback on the Guide to the NQF to ensure the information is accurate and helpful.

Your feedback and suggestions will help us to refine this product. Email our Enquiries team at enquiries@acecqa.gov.au.

Changes to the Guide to the NQF

This Guide will be regularly updated with additional advice and improved guidance. A revised version of the Guide will be released prior to 1 February 2018.

To ensure you have the most up to date information it is advised to always view the online version. Any changes to the Guide will be added to the below table. 

Change date

Chapter

Section/s

Summary of change

Paragraph or table affected

Oct-17

Applications and approvals

Waivers and other applications

Fix typing error under  staffing regulation 132

Update to table 

Oct-17

NQS and Operational Requirements Part B

4.2 Ratios for centre-based services

Add South Australia to paragraph on breaks 

Update to paragraph 

Oct-17

NQS and Operational Requirements Part A

How quality rating levels are determined

Remove text relating to Meeting NQS from Exceeding NQS column

Update to table