ACECQA Board extends and amends recognition as an ‘equivalent early childhood teacher’


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 responds to persistent and increasing workforce pressures and challenges, the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and recent changes made to the national children’s education and care training package.

From 1 January 2022, a person who holds ALL of the following will be recognised as equivalent to an early childhood teacher:

  • a primary or secondary teaching qualification
    AND
  • teacher registration in Australia (called ‘accreditation’ in New South Wales)
    AND
  • an ACECQA approved certificate III level (or higher) early childhood education and care qualification.

After the end of 2023, this transitional measure is scheduled to cease, however individuals who have obtained this combination of qualifications before the end of 2023 will continue to be recognised under this provision.

Find more information about this decision.