Approvals and certificates

The approval system under the National Quality Framework comprises two interrelated approvals; provider approval, service approval and approval to hold a supervisor certificate.

The approval system under the National Quality Framework comprises two inter-related approvals; provider approval and service approval.

An application is required to be made and approved for both a provider and service before education and care can be provided to children.

Provider and service approvals are granted by the Regulatory Authority (in Victoria the Department of Education and Training). Once granted, approvals are ongoing unless suspended or cancelled by the Department.

On or before 1 July each year, Approved Providers must pay a service annual fee for each service approval held.  Failure to pay the annual fee may result in the service approval being suspended or cancelled. Services placed in voluntary suspension are subject to payment of the annual service fee.

Applications for provider approval and service approval are made online via the National Quality Agenda Information Technology System (NQA ITS).

At the time of making an application particular information prescribed in the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 (National Law) is required to be submitted.

Ensuring all information is provided at the time of making application assists the application progressing to a decision.  Under the National Law, the Regulatory Authority may request further or additional information.

Forms for new provider approvals, service approvals and supervisor certificates are available from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) website.

More information can be accessed in the fact sheet.