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 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 (Q1 2022 – data as at 1 April 2022).

Download the latest NQS data (Q1 2022 – data as at 1 April 2022). 

Download the latest NQS time series data (Q4 2013 – Q1 2022).

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


37th NQF Snapshot report shows sustained improvement in children’s education and care quality

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) today released its 37th NQF Snapshot report, summarising quality rating results for education and care services operating under the National Quality Framework (NQF). The NQF includes the Education and Care Services National Law and National Regulations, which outline the minimum standards and requirements that all providers must meet to operate services. It also includes the National Quality Standard (NQS), which sets a high national benchmark and includes seven quality areas directly related to service quality.

The proportion of services rated by state and territory regulatory authorities as Meeting NQS or above has risen markedly since the NQF was introduced, from 57% in 2013, to 69% in 2016, to 87% today. More than two-thirds of services rated Working Towards NQS (67%) improved their overall quality rating at reassessment.

“These results reflect the hard work of service providers, teachers and educators to improve their programs and practice and the quality of their services,” said ACECQA CEO Gabrielle Sinclair.

“The number of services rated Working Towards NQS by state and territory regulatory authorities continues to decline. Many services rated Working Towards NQS are also close to being rated Meeting NQS. For example, 43% of services rated Working Towards NQS received that rating due to not meeting only one or two of the seven quality areas of the NQS,” noted Ms Sinclair.

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.

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.