Research and reports

Children learn more during the first five years than at any other time in life. The National Quality Framework (NQF) aims to improve the educational and developmental outcomes for children attending education and care services, and promote continuous improvement in service quality. On this page you will find research and reports relevant to the NQF.

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

On this page

NQF Evaluation Framework Early Childhood and Child Care in Summary
ACECQA research and evaluation strategy Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)
National Partnership Annual Performance Report National Workforce Census
NQF Snapshots Early Childhood Resource Hub
Occasional Papers Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Spotlight 
Education and care sector research Starting Strong reports (OECD)
Regulatory Burden Reports Report on Government Services
National Partnership Agreements ACECQA submissions
Operational Activity Report Families Research
NQF foundation and review documents ACECQA national consistency strategy
Explanatory materials for NQF legislation ACECQA Annual Reports

 

Framework Logic Model

NQF Evaluation Framework

The NQF Evaluation Framework was developed so that governments and their regulatory agencies have an agreed way of understanding whether and how the NQF is meeting its objectives.

NQF Evaluation Framework - Program Logic model

Key NQF evaluation questions and sub questions


ACECQA research and evaluation strategy

ACECQA's research and evaluation strategy is a five year strategy and implementation plan which sets out our approach to research and evaluation under the NQF.


NPAP report

National Partnership Annual Performance Report

ACECQA’s inaugural national partnership annual performance report provides analysis against the objectives and outcomes of the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care (NP NQA).

Annual Performance Report 2017 

 

 

 


NQF SnapshotsNQF SnapShot Q4

View current and previous NQF Snapshots, which 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).

 

 

 

 

 


Occasional Papers

    ACECQA publishes a series of occasional papers on different aspects of the NQF.


    Education and care sector research


    Regulatory Burden Reports

    To monitor changes in perceptions and experiences of regulatory burden between 2013 and 2015, ACECQA undertook a three stage longitudinal study. ACECQA conducted a fourth regulatory burden study in 2017.

    Results from the 2017 survey are available in Chapter 6 of the Annual Performance Report 2017.


    National Partnership Agreements

    Current

    National Quality Agenda For Early Childhood Education and Care (2015–16 to 2017–18) 
    Universal Access to Early Childhood Education (2016 and 2017) 
     

    Past

    National Quality Agenda For Early Childhood Education and Care (2009) 
    Early Childhood Education (2009–2012) 
    Universal Access to Early Childhood Education (2015) 
    Universal Access to Early Childhood Education (2013–2014) 
    Closing the Gap: Indigenous Early Childhood Development (2009) 
    Closing the Gap: Indigenous Early Childhood Development (superseded version) 

    Operational Activity Report

    As part of our ongoing commitment to openness and transparency, we make information publicly available about our operational functions including the number of Excellent rating applications received and awarded, and how many second tier review and qualification assessment applications we have received.

    View the most recent ACECQA operational activity data including applications by month, location and outcome. The information is updated quarterly.


    NQF foundation and review documents


    Explanatory materials for NQF legislation


    Early Childhood and Child Care in Summary


    Early Childhood Resource Hub

    Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Spotlight

     AITSL Spotlight Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

    Evidence summaries from AITSL relating to topics important to education professionals, including online initial teacher education (ITE) courses, early career teacher attrition rates, and induction of beginning teachers.


     

    Starting Strong reports (OECD)

    Engaging Young Children (2018) – Lessons from Research about Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care
    Starting Strong 2017 (2017) – Key OECD Indicators on Early Childhood Education and Care
    Starting Strong V (2017) – Transitions from Early Childhood Education and Care to Primary Education
    Starting Strong IV (2015) – Monitoring quality in early childhood education and care
    Starting Strong III (2011) – A quality toolbox for early childhood education and care
    Starting Strong II (2006) – Early Childhood Education and Care
    Starting Strong I (2001)

    Report on Government Services

    ACECQA collaborates with state and territory governments and other agencies on the early childhood education and care chapter of the annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) produced by the Productivity Commission.
    RoGS 2017
    RoGS 2016
    RoGS 2015
    RoGS 2014
    RoGS 2013
    RoGS 2012

    Families Research

    Families Research Project Pilot Study (Hall & Partners Research) 

    Results from ACECQA’s families research (2017) are available in Chapter 4 of the Annual Performance Report 2017.


    ACECQA national consistency strategy