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 Q3 2022

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 (Q3 2022 – data as at 1 October 2022).

Download the latest NQS data (Q3 2022 – data as at 1 October 2022). 

Download the latest NQS time series data (Q4 2013 – Q3 2022).

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


More than 17,000 approved children’s education and care services operating across Australia

The latest quarterly NQF Snapshot shows there are more than 17,000 services approved under the National Quality Framework (NQF) to provide children’s education and care services across Australia. Importantly, 88% of these services are meeting or exceeding the National Quality Standard (NQS).

“The rise in the proportion of services rated Meeting NQS and above has been substantial – from 56% in 2013 to 88% today. This improvement in quality is remarkable given the significant growth in our sector during this period,” said ACECQA CEO Gabrielle Sinclair.

“The changes demonstrate the NQF is working as intended by encouraging teachers, educators and other service staff to improve their programs and practices to deliver better outcomes for children and families,” Ms Sinclair added.

Understandably, there was a sharp drop in the number of quality assessment and rating visits in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest figures show a return to pre-pandemic levels. Children's health safety and wellbeing remained paramount and other essential types of visits (including checking and monitoring compliance with the requirements of the NQF and responding to complaints) continued throughout the pandemic.

In addition to detailed information about the quality of education and care services, the Snapshot and interactive Online Snapshot include data about temporary service closures related to the impact of COVID-19 and other aspects of service regulation, such as staffing waivers.

Details of these and other achievements from the first decade of the NQF are highlighted in our recent occasional paper on this topic.

Approved education and care services include long day care, outside school hours care and family day care services, as well as most preschools and kindergartens.

Families are encouraged to visit StartingBlocks.gov.au for more information about their local education and care services.
Information, support and guidance about COVID-19, including temporary service closures, is available on the ACECQA website.