Information Sessions

Information forums March - May 2016

A series of information forums for services and approved providers will be provided across the state in 2016 on a range of initiatives relevant to early childhood services, including a specific information session on Child Safe Standards.

Details about dates and locations of the metropolitan and regional information forums are available on Eventbrite.

A copy of the presentation given at these session is available in PDF and Powerpoint:

2014 COAG NQF Review

The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care is currently being reviewed.

Update

A Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on proposed options for changes to the National Quality Framework (NQF) was released on 7 November 2014. Face to face consultation sessions were held between 10 November and 12 December 2014 in all capital cities and a selection of regional areas within states and territories. These sessions were presented by the Australian Government, state and territory governments and supported by the national body, Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Submissions to this process closed on 16 January 2015 with 113 written submissions, 106 online comments and 670 survey responses to the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS). For copies of written submissions see: 2014 Review of the National Quality Framework for EarlyChildhood Education and Care Services – Deloitte​

Overall, feedback was generally supportive of the NQF and the increase in quality service provision since its implementation. The sector was receptive to some of the proposed changes in the Consultation RIS, especially those that sought to remove unnecessary or ineffective administrative and regulatory burden e.g. the removal of the supervisor certificate requirements.

Stakeholder feedback from the Consultation RIS process will be incorporated into the Decision RIS report, and the final decisions will be available once agreed by all Ministers.

The Australian Government will consider the Productivity Commission’s Report on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning and relevant stakeholder feedback from the RIS Consultation Process when considering the 2014 NP NQA Review. If as a consequence of its consideration of the Productivity Commission’s Report the Australian Government forms the view that further reform of the NQF is warranted, then it would seek to give effect to that view through the established arrangements under the National Partnership and Council of Australian Government processes.