About us

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA - pronounced a-see-kwa) is the independent national authority that assists governments in administering the National Quality Framework (NQF) for children's education and care.

ACECQA works with the Australian and state and territory governments to:

  • implement changes that benefit children birth to 13 years of age and their families
  • monitor and promote the consistent application of the Education and Care Services National Law across all states and territories
  • support the children's education and care sector to improve quality outcomes for children.

ACECQA is an independent national authority based in Sydney. It is guided by a governing Board whose members are nominated by each state and territory and the Commonwealth. The Board is accountable to Education Ministers.

ACECQA organisational structure

ACECQA organisation structure diagram 2024


How we can help you

hosts the National Quality Agenda IT System
answers questions relating to the children’s education and care sector
publishes the Guide to the NQF and other resources
publishes quarterly NQF Snapshots and other research and reports
undertakes the assessment and approval of individual and organisation qualifications
maintains the national registers of approved providers and services
awards the Excellent rating
undertakes second tier reviews of quality ratings
trains, tests and provides resources to state and territory regulatory authority authorised officers (ACECQA eLearning portal)
provides resources and advice to parents and carers through a family focussed website (Starting Blocks)
does not assess and rate services
does not regulate or oversee the state and territory regulatory authorities
does not deal with complaints from families and the general public about the operations of services.


It is the regulatory authorities that have day-to-day contact with education and care services for most issues, such as: 

  • granting all approvals, including provider and service approvals
  • assessing and rating services against the National Quality Standard
  • ensuring compliance with the NQF, including issuing compliance notices
  • working with ACECQA to promote continuous quality improvement and educating the sector and community about the NQF.


Acknowledgement of country

ACECQA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of all the lands across Australia, particularly the Gadigal peoples where our Sydney office is located and pay respects to the past and present Elders of this beautiful land. We recognise the rich and diverse cultures of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the valuable contribution this diversity brings.

ACECQA Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan

Reconciliation Action Plan 2024-2026 cover page - Figtree – Growth and Learning by Natalie Bateman