ACECQA - Transportation - Communications Toolkit

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Education Council has agreed to new requirements under the Education and Care Services National Regulations (National Regulations). Approved providers of education and care services that offer, or arrange, transportation of children need to implement these from 1 March 2023

This Communications Toolkit is for you to use to share with education and care providers, services and your professional networks:

  • Online content – newsletter article/website content
  • Social media content – Facebook and Twitter
  • Online Videos – YouTube

Online content – newsletter article/website content

As transportation can present heightened risks to the safety of children when children get in or out of vehicles and when they arrive at or leave a service, from 1 March 2023 the following new regulatory requirements will apply to centre based services that provide regular transportation: 

  • Approved providers and nominated supervisors must ensure a staff member or nominated supervisor (other than the driver) accounts for children as they get in or out of a vehicle at an education and care service.
  • Approved providers and nominated supervisors must ensure records are made showing children are accounted for as they get in or out of a vehicle at the education and care service. 
  • Approved providers and nominated supervisors must ensure records are made confirming a check of the inside of a vehicle was completed at the service after all children have left to ensure no children remain. 
  • Approved providers must notify the regulatory authority when they start providing or arranging regular transport, and again when they finish. This can be done through the NQA ITS.

Changes to the National Regulations have now been made and new guidance information and resources are available on the ACECQA website:

ACECQA will also be publishing amendments to the national policy and procedure guidelines and updates to the Guide to the National Quality Framework.

ACECQA will be releasing information through its newsletters, on its website and through eDMs to regulatory authorities, providers and their services over the next few months. 

Social media posts

Share a post directly from the ACECQA Facebook and Instagram, or download the social media image and content below:

Facebook

  1. New national requirements to enhance the safety, health and wellbeing of all children during regular transportation to and from centre-based education and care services start from 1 March 2023. 
    Changes to the National Regulations have now been made. 
    https://bit.ly/3CJNaiw
    #NQF #safetransportationofchildren

Twitter

  1. New national requirements to support safe regular transportation of children to and from centre-based education and care services start 1 March 2023. 
    Changes to National Regulations have been made: https://bit.ly/3W9W1AS 
    https://bit.ly/3CJNaiw
    #NQF #safetransportationofchildren

Key Changes to the NQF and Transportation video links

Key changes from the 2019 NQF Review will be implemented in stages throughout 2023 through amendments to the Education and Care Services National Law and National Regulations. They include strengthened health and safety measures, changes to workforce requirements and improved oversight by regulatory authorities. 

As a reminder of the key changes for centre based and family day care services, we have created brief video animations about the implementation of the 2019 NQF Review outcomes:

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