Some early childhood services are regulated under the Victorian Children's Services Act 1996 rather than the National Quality Framework. Learn more about the
Reform of the Children's Services Law and Regulations.
The Act and Regulations were recently amended, and the information on this page has been updated to include these changes.
The services regulated under the Victorian Children's Services Act 1996 include:
- limited hours services (where children attend for short period of time)
- former Budget Based Funded services not funded for Child Care Subsidy
- occasional care services
- early childhood intervention services
- mobile services
- school holiday care programs that operate for up to 28 days a year.
Services providing education and care on a regular basis (family day care services, long day care services, outside school hours care services, preschools (kindergartens), and school holiday care programs that operate for 28 or more days a year) are regulated under a scheme known as the
National Quality Framework, not under the state law.
Requirements for children's services
Victorian children's services must meet the requirements of the Children's Services Act 1996 and the Children's Services Regulations 2020.
Children's Services Act 1996
Children's Services Regulations 2020
Register of children's services
To find an approved children's service, read the Victorian Children's Services Act Register (xlsx - 167.92kb)
For education and care services that operate under the NQF, visit the national registers.
Completed applications and notifications must be submitted by email to the Regulatory Authority at firstname.lastname@example.org for assessment and processing.
Forms will not be processed unless:
- all sections are complete
- all supporting documents and colour copies of identification are supplied
- prescribed fees are paid, where applicable.
Each form outlines the required information and documentation for the application or notification.
Providing false or misleading information to the Regulatory Authority is an offence under the Act.
Other form(s) relating to your provider approval
For any changes or updates that relate to your provider approval
Other forms, applications and notifications relating to your service approval
For any changes or updates that relate to your service approval
Other documents relevant to your provider or service approval, and guidelines regarding usage of forms
Fees and penalties
In line with the Monetary Units Act 2004 all fees are expressed in fee units. Fees are automatically indexed each year on 1 July. The value of a fee unit each year is fixed by the Treasurer.
Children's Services Act 1996 and Children's Services Regulations 2020 do not express fees in dollars, the tables below convert the fee units to dollar amounts.
There is no GST payable on fees. The fees in this table are effective from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
Fee unit value for 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022: $15.03.
For more information, read: Indexation of fees and penalties
View the 2021-22 fees amounts below.
2021-22 Children's services fees
In line with the Monetary Units Act 2004 all penalties are expressed in penalty units. Penalties are automatically indexed each year on 1 July. The value of a penalty unit each year is fixed by the Treasurer.
As the Children's Services Act 1996 and Children's Services Regulations 2020 do not express penalties in dollars, the tables below convert the penalty units to dollar amounts.
There is no GST payable on penalties. The penalties in these tables are effective from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
Penalty unit value from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022: $181.74.
View the 2021-22 penalty amounts below.
Children's services penalties
These fact sheets, guides and practice notes do not constitute legal advice. You should determine your own obligations under the legislation and, if necessary, seek legal advice to find out how the legislation may apply to your situation.
Practice notes are policy information sheets that are designed to assist children's services by setting out the Department's approach to the requirements of the
Children's Services Act 1996 and the
Children's Services Regulations 2009.
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