Indexed fees

The Education and Care Services National Regulations set the fees for children's education and care services under the National Quality Framework which are indexed annually. Fees fall into two categories:

  • the annual service fee, which applies to all approved services
  • transaction fees, which are individual fees that apply to specific transactions.

Annual service fee

To keep arrangements as simple as possible, the annual fee takes into account the cost of many functions and activities performed by the regulatory authority, including:

  • the national quality assessment and rating process
  • monitoring and compliance activities
  • internal review of decisions
  • many types of transactions, such as applications to vary or amend service and provider approvals.

Transaction fees

Transaction fees apply to specific applications and are payable when the application is made.

For example, transaction fees apply to applications for provider approval, service approval, applications for temporary waivers and service waivers, and transfers of service approvals.

 

Indexed fees for 2023-24 financial year - Effective 1 July 2023

Prescribed fees

Based on schedule 2 of the Education and Care Services National Regulations.

Some fees payable to regulatory authorities and ACECQA will increase from 1 July 2023 to reflect the growth in the sector and improve the financial sustainability of the NQF over time. A fee will now be charged for applications for amendment of service approval, and a new fee category introduced for extra-large services.

For the 2023-24 financial year, a 5 per cent increase (multiplied by CPI) will apply to annual fees, notification of intended transfer of service approval, and applications for both provider and service approval.

Fees charged by ACECQA for a review by the ratings review panel, and assessment of a course to be included on the list of approved qualifications, will increase by 6 per cent multiplied by CPI. 

Read more about the increases to fees and offence penalties.

Part 1—Fees relating to provider approvals, service approvals and ratings

Transaction

Section of the Law

(Number of approved places or places to be offered)

Cost

Application for provider approval
5% increase multiplied by CPI applies 1 July 2023.
(s11(d))$271 (Small)
Application for amendment of provider approval(s22(2)(c))Nil
Application to voluntarily suspend provider approval(s37(2)(c))Nil
Application to approve executor as approved provider(s39(6)(c))Nil
Application to approve legal personal representative or guardian as approved provider(s40(3)(c))Nil
Application for service approval 
5% increase multiplied by CPI applies 1 July 2023. Fees for extra-large centre-based services are 25% higher than large services. 
(s44(1)(e))$542 (Small)
$815 (Medium)
$1087 (Large)
$1359 (Extra-large)
Annual service fee
5% increase multiplied by CPI applies 1 July 2023. Fees for extra-large centre-based services are 25% higher than large services.
(s53)$254 (Small)
$370 (Medium)
$492 (Large)
$616 (Extra-large)
Application for amendment of service approval
A fee will be introduced from 1 July 2023.
(s54(2)(c))$124
Notification of intended transfer of service approval
5% increase multiplied by CPI applies 1 July 2023.
(s59(2)(c))$130
Application to voluntarily suspend service approval(s85(2)(c))Nil
Application for service waiver(s88(c))$124
Application for temporary waiver(s95(c))$124
Application for reassessment and re-rating 
Fees for extra-large centre-based services are 25% higher than large services.
(s139(2)(c))$515 (Small)
$776 (Medium)
$1035 (Large)
$1294 (Extra-large)
Application for review by Regulatory Authority of rating level(s141(4)(d))Nil
Application for review by the Ratings Review Panel of rating level
6% increase multiplied by CPI applies 1 July 2023. Fees for extra-large centre-based services are 25% higher than large services.
(s145(2)(c))$547 (Small)
$823 (Medium)
$1097 (Large)
$1372 (Extra-large)
Application for highest rating (Excellent)(s152(3)(c)Nil
Reapplication for highest rating(s159(3)(c))Nil

*A new extra-large fee category applies from 1 July 2023. Between 17 April and 30 June 2023, the fee amounts charged for large and extra-large services will be the same. An extra-large service is a centre-based service with 101 or more approved places, or a family day care service with 61 or more educators. A large service is a centre-based service with 81-100 approved places, or a family day care service with 21-60 educators.

Transaction

Section of the Law

Cost

(Number of educators engaged by or registered with service)

Application for provider approval
5% increase multiplied by CPI applies 1 July 2023.
(s11(d))$271 (Small)
Application for amendment of provider approval(s22(2)(c))Nil
Application to voluntarily suspend provider approval(s37(2)(c))Nil
Application to approve executor as approved provider(s39(6)(c))Nil
Application to approve legal personal representative or guardian as approved provider(s40(3)(c))Nil
Application for service approval 
5% increase multiplied by CPI applies 1 July 2023. Fees for extra-large centre-based services are 25% higher than large services. 
(s44(1)(e))$815
(Small, Medium, Large & Extra-large)
Annual service fee
5% increase multiplied by CPI applies 1 July 2023. Fees for extra-large centre-based services are 25% higher than large services.
(s53)$254 (Small)
$370 (Medium)
$492 (Large)
$616 (Extra-large)
Application for amendment of service approval
A fee will be introduced from 1 July 2023.
(s54(2)(c))$124
Notification of intended transfer of service approval
5% increase multiplied by CPI applies 1 July 2023.
(s59(2)(c))$130
Application to voluntarily suspend service approval(s85(2)(c))Nil
Application for service waiver(s88(c))$124
Application for temporary waiver(s95(c))$124
Application for reassessment and re-rating 
Fees for extra-large centre-based services are 25% higher than large services.
(s139(2)(c))$515 (Small)
$776 (Medium)
$1035 (Large)
$1294 (Extra-large)
Application for review by Regulatory Authority of rating level(s141(4)(d))Nil
Application for review by the Ratings Review Panel of rating level
6% increase multiplied by CPI applies 1 July 2023. Fees for extra-large centre-based services are 25% higher than large services.
(s145(2)(c))$547 (Small)
$823 (Medium)
$1097 (Large)
$1372 (Extra-large)
Application for highest rating (Excellent)(s152(3)(c)Nil
Reapplication for highest rating(s159(3)(c))Nil

*A new extra-large fee category applies from 1 July 2023. Between 17 April and 30 June 2023, the fee amounts charged for large and extra-large services will be the same. An extra-large service is a centre-based service with 101 or more approved places, or a family day care service with 61 or more educators. A large service is a centre-based service with 81-100 approved places, or a family day care service with 21-60 educators.

Part 2—Other fees

Transaction

Section of the Law

Fee

Application for an assessment of a course to be included as an approved qualification 
6% increase multiplied by CPI applies 1 July 2023.
(regulation 138)$2753
Application for determination of equivalent qualification(regulation 139)$124
Request for a copy of or extract from the register of Approved Providers or Approved Education and Care Services (s266(4) and s267(4))$5 per page or $80 for an electronic copy

Transaction

Fee

Application for a migration skills assessment$1100
Application for a review of a migration skills assessment$990
Application for a provisional skills assessment$330
Application for a review of a provisional skills assessment$330
Application for a DAMA skills assessment$1100
Application for a review of a DAMA skills assessment$990