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The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority

The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority

The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) is the national authority established under the National Law.

What is the role of ACECQA and the Regulatory Authorities?

What is ACECQA's role?

ACECQA supports the administration of the National Quality Framework to ensure consistent implementation across all states and territories.

It is guided by a 12-member governing board whose members were nominated by each state and territory and the Australian Government. Board members serve three-year terms. The Board provides strategic direction and leadership for ACECQA and formulates strategies for carrying out its functions under the National Quality Framework.

One of ACECQA's many roles is to educate and inform the wider community about the importance of improving outcomes in children's education and care. It also provides governments, the sector and families with access to the most current research to ensure that National Quality Framework policy and service delivery is in line with best practice nationally and internationally.

What does ACECQA do?

ACECQA has a range of functions, including:

  • establishing consistent and efficient procedures for the operation of the National Quality Framework
  • conducting national consistency audits
  • determining approved qualifications for educators
  • determining qualifications for authorised officers
  • publishing ratings, guides and resources
  • maintaining public registers of national approvals
  • setting and awarding the highest rating, 'Excellent'
  • advising the Ministerial Council on the National Quality Framework
  • fostering continuous quality improvement.

Governance arrangements

The diagram has three levels. The top level is titled: Education Council. The points beneath are: Oversees implementation of the National Quality Framework; Makes the National Regulations; and Appoints members of ACECQA Board. The second level is titled Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). The points beneath are: Guides implementation of the National Quality Framework; Publishes guides and resources for the sector, parents and the community; Publishes and maintains national registers including approved providers, approved education and care services and their ratings, and certified supervisors; Promises the consistent application of the National Law across all states and territories; Provides national oversight of the National Quality Framework. The third level is titled: State/territory based Regulatory Authorities. The points beneath are: Approved providers, services and certified supervisors will primarily interact with the Regulatory Authority in their state or territory. The Regulatory authority will: administer the National Quality Framework; issue approvals and supervisor certificates; assess services against the National Quality Standard; monitor and enforce the National Law; review and investigate complaints. The last level are the states: New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and ACT. Each level has a down arrow pointing to the next level down.

This diagram shows the levels of governance arrangements.

Contact ACECQA

Contact ACECQA at the ACECQA website or at:

Address: Level 6, 175 Liverpool Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000

Phone: 1300 422 327

Postal address: PO Box A292, Sydney, New South Wales 1235

Email: enquiries@acecqa.gov.au


Adapted from

'Guide 1: Guide to the National Quality Framework', National Quality Framework Resource Kit, Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority, 2013

Abbreviations

  • ACECQA: Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority
  • National Law: Education and Care Services National Law
  • National Quality Standard: National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care and School Age Care
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Supported by the Australian Government.
© 2016 Commonwealth of Australia,unless otherwise indicated