Agreed changes to the NQF are on course for mid-2023 rollout
The National Quality Framework (NQF) provides a national approach to the regulation of the quality of education and care services across Australia, and the 2019 NQF Review process included consultation with the sector, families and other parts of the community to inform government decisions.
Earlier this year, Australian, state and territory Education Ministers agreed to changes to the NQF based on findings from the 2019 NQF Review. Key changes for providers and services include new measures to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of children, new workforce requirements, improved oversight by regulatory authorities, and additional ACECQA and government guidance on best practice.
In September 2022, the first legislation changes were made. The Early Childhood Legislation Amendment Act 2022 makes agreed changes to the National Law, which are expected to be brought into effect in 2023 along with upcoming changes to the National Regulations.
The 2019 NQF Review website is providing information and updates on the implementation of these changes.