National Quality Framework

Since 1 January 2012 most early childhood education and care services have been regulated under a scheme known as the National Quality Framework.

An educator and child completing a puzzle.The Framework was agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and includes the Children (Education and Care Services National Law Application) Act 2010 and Regulations under that Law.  A National Quality Standard for services is a very important part of the Regulations.

The Framework arrangements are governed by an intergovernmental agreement. See the National Partnership Agreement on the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care

The National Law and Regulations apply in each State and Territory.  The Department of Education and Communities is responsible for administering the NQF in NSW.

Assessment and Rating of Services

The National Quality Framework (NQF) includes a new assessment and rating process for early childhood education and care services in NSW. Read more about the assessment and rating process here.


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National Authority

Monitoring the implementation of the NQF is the responsiblity of a national agency - the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). You can read more about ACECQA's role in relation to the NQF here.