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 Service 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|
Changes to the National Law were introduced 1 October 2017 in all states and territories, except Western Australia.
|Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010|
|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
- Select ‘Victorian Law Today’
- Select ‘Acts’ on upper left corner of page then click on the letter ‘E'
- Choose 'Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010' from the drop down list.