The intent of the National Regulations is to ensure that regulatory authorities are notified of incidents that seriously compromise the health, safety or wellbeing of children. The regulatory authority is then able to take appropriate action.
The National Regulations were amended on 1 September 2013 to clarify the definition of serious incidents (except in Western Australia). The definition in WA remains at regulation 12 of the Education and Care Services National Regulations (WA).
The definition of a serious incident from the Education and Care Services National Regulations is:
Regulation 12: meaning of serious incident:
(a) The death of a child:
(i) while being educated and cared for by an education and care service or
(ii) following an incident while being educated and cared for by an education and care service.
(b) Any incident involving serious injury or trauma to, or illness of, a child while being educated and cared for by an education and care service, which:
(i) a reasonable person would consider required urgent medical attention from a registered medical practicioner or
(ii) for which the child attended, or ought reasonably to have attended, a hospital.
e.g whooping cough, broken limb, anaphylaxis reaction
(c) any incident where the attendance of emergency services at the education and care service premises was sought, or ought reasonably to have been sought
(d) any circumstance where a child being educated and cared for by an education and care service
(i) appears to be missing or cannot be accounted for or
(ii) appears to have been taken or removed from the education and care service premises in a manner that contravenes these regulations or
(iii) is mistakenly locked in or locked out of the education and care service premises or any part of the premises.
You need to notify the regulatory authority within 24 hours of becoming aware of a serious incident.
Complete the form SI01 Notification of Serious Incident and send it to your regulatory authority.
Last updated on Thursday 29 August, 2013