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.

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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.

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

How to use the Guide

The Guide provides information for all types of service in all states and territories. It is not intended to be read from cover to cover, nor is all of the information within it relevant to every service. Rather, it has been designed as a comprehensive reference document to be referred to when seeking guidance on particular matters, such as applications and approvals, operational requirements, and the National Quality Standard.

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.

Along with ensuring that you will always be referring to the latest version of the Guide, another benefit of using the online PDF is that it enables you to quickly and easily search for content by key word(s).

The hard copy Guide (updated 1 October 2018) is currently being printed and will be available for purchase at the end of October 2018.

Accessing the Guide

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Chapter
Introduction

Applications and Approvals

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

Changes to the Guide 

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.

Download a print-friendly copy of the table of changes. 

Navigate directly to changes specific to Western Australia adapting the 2018 National Quality Standard.

Release date

Chapter

Section/s

Summary of change

Oct-18

All

All

Clarification that state and territory icons throughout the guide indicate that information is specific to that state or territory.

Oct-18

2: Applications and Approvals

2.1 – What is an education and care service?

Further information and clarification provided in table Services out of scope of the National Quality Framework.

Oct-18

2: Applications and Approvals

1.1 – Application for provider approval

Further clarification on the definition of ‘persons with management or control’.

Oct-18

2: Applications and Approvals

1.2 – Considering an application for fitness and propriety

Further clarification on evidence of management capability provided.

Oct-18

2: Applications and Approvals

2.1 – A transport service

Explanation on transport considered part of an education and care service.

Oct-18

3: National Quality Standard and Assessment and Rating

1.3.1 – Assessment and Planning Cycle

Diagram discussing assessment and planning cycle has been amended for clarification.

Oct-18

3: National Quality Standard and Assessment and Rating

2.2.1 – Assessment guide for meeting Element 2.2.1 (for all services)

Further clarification provided surrounding safe sleep and rest practices and recommended authority.

Oct-18

4: Operational Requirements

4.2.2 – Early Childhood teacher illness or absence

Further explanation under Regulation 135 surrounding early childhood teacher illness or absence. State specific guidance provided under National Regulation 135 and 272.

Oct-18

4: Operational Requirements

4.5.6 – Responsibilities of the approved provider, nominated supervisor and family day care educator

Text amended in table Centre-based services with children preschool age and under to reflect wording of National Regulations.

Oct-18

4: Operational Requirements

7.1 – Policies and Procedures

Standards within table Required policies and procedures for all service types and table Additional policies and procedures for a family day care service, amended to reflect 2018 National Quality Standard.

Oct-18

4: Operational Requirements

7.3 – Serious incidents, change of circumstances and complaints

Removal of word ‘significant’ in places within table Serious incidents, change of circumstances and complaints to notify to reflect wording of the National Regulations.

Oct-18

7: Glossary

Preschool Program

Definition of Preschool program amended to reflect scope of the National Law.

Oct-18

7: Glossary

Officer

Definition of Officer included within the scope of the Corporations Act 2001.

Guide amendments specific to Western Australia - October 2018

Change date

Chapter

Section/s

Summary of change

Oct-18

All

All

WA state specific icons have been removed where no longer required due to Western Australia adopting 2018 National Quality Standard.

Oct-18

2: Applications and Approvals

1.2 – After an application has been determined

Information regarding the Duration and Effect of provider approval specific to Western Australia has been included.

Oct-18

2: Applications and Approvals

1.5 – How does an executor, legal representative guardian apply?

Clarification on the definition of executor specific to Western Australia has been included.

Oct-18

2: Applications and Approvals

2.2 – Applications for service approval including request for approval of a family day care venue

Information on date specific changes has been included for service approvals in Western Australia.

Oct-18

4: Operational Requirements

4.5.1 – Family day care co-ordinator to family day care educator ratios

Information specific to Western Australia regarding the maximum number of children in an emergency has been included.

Oct-18

4: Operational Requirements

4.5.1 – Family day care co-ordinator to family day care educator ratios

Information on date specific changes has been included for service approvals in Western Australia.

Oct-18

5: Regulatory Authority Powers

3 – Enforceable undertakings, When can it be used?

Clarification on when a person has contravened the National Law specific to Western Australia has been included.

Oct-18

5: Regulatory Authority Powers

11.2 – Before entering the premises

Information specific to Western Australia defining the scope of a magistrate has been included.

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