What we do

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) is an independent national authority that assists governments in implementing the National Quality Framework (NQF) for early childhood education and care.

ACECQA works with the Australian and state and territory governments to:

  • implement changes that benefit children birth to 13 years of age and their families

  • monitor and promote the consistent application of the Education and Care Services National Law across all states and territories

  • support the early childhood education and care sector to improve quality outcomes for children.

How we can help you


promotes continuous quality improvement and the value of education and care

approves educational qualifications

trains, tests and provides resources to state and territory regulatory authority authorised officers

awards the Excellent rating 

undertakes second tier reviews of ratings 

hosts the National Quality Agenda IT System

publishes guides and other resources

publishes quarterly Snapshots of NQF data 

maintains the national registers of approved providers and services (including their quality rating)

communicates to families through Starting Blocks – ACECQA’s family focused website.


ACECQA does not

assess and rate services

regulate or oversee the state and territory regulatory authorities

deal with complaints from families and the general public about the operations of services.

 Regulatory authorities have day-to-day contact with education and care services for most issues, such as:

  • granting all approvals, including provider and service approvals

  • assessing and rating services against the National Quality Standard

  • ensuring compliance with the NQF, including issuing compliance notices

  • working with ACECQA to promote continuous quality improvement and educating the sector and community about the NQF.

How we work

ACECQA is an independent national authority based in Sydney. It is guided by a governing Board whose members are nominated by each state and territory and the Commonwealth. The Board is accountable to the Education Council.


Organisational structure

Organisation chart


ACECQA acknowledges the traditional custodians of all lands across Australia. We recognise and celebrate the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians, including their role in the education and care of children. ACECQA Reconciliation Action Plan.