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The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) today released its 37th NQF Snapshot report, summarising quality rating results for education and care services operating under the National Quality…

New features are available on the StartingBlocks.gov.au website. Families can: find local services and view their vacancies, costs, quality ratings and inclusions compare services side-by-side estimate their out-of-pocket costs get…

A national consortium led by a partnership between Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology and Edith Cowan University was engaged by ACECQA on behalf of all governments earlier in 2021 to…

The latest quarterly NQF Snapshot finds 87% of services are rated Meeting National Quality Standard (NQS) or above – the highest proportion since quality ratings began in 2012. The report…

Today the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), in collaboration with all governments, released the fifth Annual Performance Report on the National Quality Framework (NQF). This year's report…

From 7 February 2022 service fees, vacancies, quality ratings and inclusions will be published on our Starting Blocks.gov.au website. This information will stop being published on the Child Care Finder…

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) today released its 35th NQF Snapshot report, summarising quality rating results for education and care services operating under the National Quality…

Commissioned by Education Ministers, and facilitated by ACECQA, national sector stakeholders and all Australian governments have closely collaborated to co-design a new ten-year workforce strategy to help ensure a sustainable…

On 7 July 2021, Education Ministers agreed to amendments to the Education and Care National Regulations (National Regulations) regarding the transportation of children. Children are sometimes transported, or travel on…

For children’s education and care services operating in multi-storey buildings, there are increased risks when evacuating young children and babies. This is why ACECQA has recently published National Quality Framework…

A national consortium led by a partnership between Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology and Edith Cowan University was engaged by ACECQA on behalf of all governments to deliver the…

Approved providers must ensure each of their services has a range of policies and procedures to support all educators and other service staff to deliver quality and safe education and…

In June 2021, the ACECQA Board decided to extend and amend its existing transitional measure that recognises ‘equivalent early childhood teachers’. The Board’s decision to extend and amend the arrangement…

More than 30,000 quality assessments of children’s education and care services have been undertaken by state and territory regulatory authorities since 2012, with more than 10,000 of these undertaken since…

On 7 July 2021 Education Ministers agreed to a number of amendments to the Education and Care Services National Regulations (National Regulations) regarding: display of quality ratings transportation of children…

Approved providers must ensure their education and care services have policies and procedures covering a range of areas set out in regulations 168 and 169 of the National Regulations. This…

A national consortium led by a partnership between Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology and Edith Cowan University has been engaged by all governments to deliver the 2021 National Quality…

On 1 October 2020, new requirements commenced relating to transportation of children other than as part of an excursion (regulations 102A-102D; 168(2)(ga)). We have developed a new information sheet 'Safe…

In December 2019, Education Ministers endorsed the development of a new national workforce strategy as a joint partnership between all governments, the children‘s education and care sector, and other key…

To inform the Australian Government’s 2020 review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (DSE), ACECQA coordinated stakeholder consultation on behalf of all governments with providers, peak bodies and other…