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).

If you would prefer a hard copy version of the Guide, you can order a printed copyPlease note that delivery may take up to 10 working days.

Accessing 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

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.

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)

Mar-18

Operational Requirements

Operational requirements Sections 7.4 and 7.6

Updated family day care templates to reflect changes to the law and regulations implemented 1 October 2017

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

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