Guide to the NQF

The Guide to the National Quality Framework (NQF) is designed to help education and care providers, educators and authorised officers understand and apply the requirements of the NQF.

Acecqa – The Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority
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The new Guide to the National Quality Framework (NQF) is designed to help education and care providers, educators and authorised officers understand and apply the requirements of the NQF.

The Guide is not legal advice and should be read in conjunction with the National Law and Regulations, which take precedence over any guidance.

Ordering a copy

You can order a printed copy of the Guide to the NQF. Please note that due to strong demand for the Guides, delivery may take up to 10 working days.

The Guide has been designed as an online PDF document and will be updated as required. Any changes to the Guide will be added at the bottom of this page.

How to use the Guide

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The information in the Guide applies in all states and territories (except Western Australia). Read more about guidance for Western Australia

Chapter
Introduction

Applications and Approvals

National Quality Standard and Assessment and Rating
Operational Requirements
Regulatory authority powers
Reviews
Glossary

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Your feedback and suggestions will help us to refine this product. Email our Enquiries team at enquiries@acecqa.gov.au.

Changes to the Guide to the NQF

This Guide will be regularly updated with additional advice and improved guidance.

To ensure you have the most up to date information we suggest you always view the online version. Any changes to the Guide will be added to the below table.

Change date

Chapter

Section/s

Summary of change

Jan-18

All

All

Improved guidance, minor updates to reflect revised NQS and chapter retitling (Part A and Part B have been renamed)

Western Australia guidance

Changes to the law and regulations in Western Australia will commence by 1 October 2018.

In Western Australia, you may continue to use the following guides until the law and regulations in your state change:

Guide to the National Quality Framework (as at September 2013)
Guide to the National Law and National Regulations (as at February 2017)

The revised NQS was introduced in all states and territories (including Western Australia) on February 2018. The following chapter of the new Guide to the NQF applies in your state: 

National Quality Standard and Assessment and Rating