The National Quality Framework (NQF) operates under an applied law system, comprising the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations.
The purpose of the applied law system is to set a national standard for children’s education and care across Australia. In effect it means the same law is applied in each state and territory, but with some varied provisions as applicable to the needs of each state or territory.
In this case Victoria passed the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and other jurisdictions adopted that law through an Application Act or passed corresponding legislation.
View the legislation that applies in each state or territory, and if applicable, the corresponding Application Act below:
|State or Territory||Legislation||Application Act|
|New South Wales||Children (Education and Care Services National Law Application) Act 2010|
|Australian Capital Territory||Education and Care Services National Law (Act) Act 2011|
|Northern Territory||Education and Care Services (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011|
|South Australia||Education and Early Childhood Services (Registration and Standards) Act 2011|
|Tasmania||Education and Care Services National Law (Application) Act 2011|
|Queensland||Education and Care Services National Law (Queensland) Act 2011|
|Western Australia||Education and Care Services National Law (WA) Act 2012|
Information about how the NQF applies in your state or territory is available from your regulatory authority.
Purchase the National Law
To purchase the National Law (in all states and territories, except WA) call LitSupport (TIMG) 03 8621 6767 or visit www.legislation.vic.gov.au
- Search for ‘Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010’
- Select the Act and then make sure the most recent version of the Act is selected in the 'Version history' box
- Under ‘Authorised version’, select ‘Buy printed copy of Act’ to open the LitSupport website.