NQF Snapshots

Our NQF Snapshot provides analysis and information on the profile of the sector, and the quality ratings of services, including by service and provider management type.

Acecqa – The Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority

NQF Snapshot Q1 2020

National Quality Framework (NQF) Snapshots provide an overview of the Australian children’s education and care sector, including the progress and results of quality assessment and rating against the National Quality Standard (NQS).

Launch the NQF Online Snapshot - this interactive tool allows you to hover over and sort for information on the NQF.

Download the latest NQF Snapshot (Q1 2020 – data as at 31 March 2020).

Download the latest NQS data (Q1 2020 – data as at 31 March 2020). 

Download the latest NQS time series data (Q3 2013 – Q1 2020).

You can view previous NQF Snapshots in the Resources section on this page.


Education and care services rated Meeting NQS or above remains steady at 80%


Our NQF Snapshot provides analysis and information on the profile of the children’s education and care sector, the quality ratings of services, and the distribution of ratings by service type, provider management type and geographic location.

“This is our 29th national report on children’s education and care services operating under the National Quality Framework, covering the period up to and including 31 March 2020”, said ACECQA CEO Gabrielle Sinclair. “More than 12,000 services are rated Meeting National Quality Standard or above, with almost 4,500 of these rated Exceeding National Quality Standard or Excellent”.

At the start of April, Education Ministers announced that state and territory regulatory authorities have agreed four action areas in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, including the temporary suspension of quality assessment and ratings.

“COVID-19 and the associated responses from governments will impact the volume of new assessment and rating results in our next NQF Snapshot, scheduled to be published in early August,” noted Ms Sinclair. “On behalf of all at ACECQA, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all those in our sector, particularly frontline educators, teachers and service staff who are continuing to provide high quality education and care during this exceptional and unprecedented period of time”.

Up-to-date information about services that are open during the COVID-19 outbreak and information for families is available on StartingBlocks.gov.au.

Information, support and guidance about COVID-19 for the children’s education and care sector is available on the ACECQA website.