Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has announced that a number of the following transitional workforce regulations contained in
Education and Care Services National Regulations will expire in Queensland on 31 December 2021:
Under the National Law, certain services are required to employ an ECT who holds an ACECQA-approved ECT qualification.
Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration recognises the important link between educators and quality early childhood education experiences and outcomes. It confirms that increasing the capability of the early childhood education workforce remains a priority to building quality.
Early childhood services play an essential role in assuring workforce participation, children’s learning and development, and rebuilding the economy.
A professional and skilled workforce is fundamental to achieving quality early childhood education outcomes for Queensland children and giving them a great start.
Check your qualification is National Quality Framework (NQF) approved.
The transitional provisions will not be extended in Queensland.
Services need to ensure they are compliant from 1 January 2022.
Refer to the list of approved qualifications on the
ACECQA website for all approved ECT qualifications to ensure that the qualification that you are either studying or hold is on the list, noting you will need to hold the qualification from 1 January 2022.
No. Educators who are working towards an ECT qualification will need to have completed their approved qualification by 31 December 2021 to be considered an ECT.
No. These will cease and you will need to employ an ACECQA-approved ECT or suitability qualified person by 1 January 2022.
A person who holds either an approved diploma level education and care qualification or primary teaching qualification can be taken to be an ECT. The replacement period can be for a maximum of 60 days in a 12-month period. Refer to Regulation 135.
You can only access an ECT 20% of the time, including by means of information communication technology, if you have fewer than 25 approved places or 25 or more approved places but fewer than 25 children attending (Regulations 130 and 131).
Registered primary teachers enrolled in the ECT Bridging Program pathway will need to complete their approved early childhood diploma before the end of 2021 to continue to be recognised as an ECT from 2022.
As the approved provider, it is your responsibility to ensure you are operating in compliance with the
National Law and Regulations.
Educators who are currently working towards an approved ECT qualification should provide you (their approved provider), on a regular basis, with documentary evidence that demonstrates they will meet the requirements from 1 January 2022.
Approved service providers who are unable to meet the requirements that come into effect from 1 January 2022 may apply to the Queensland Regulatory Authority for a
waiver under the National Law. Applications for waivers must be accompanied by evidence of attempts to comply with the legislative requirements and are decided on a case-by-case basis.
QKFS requirements, services that are granted a waiver or do not have an ECT engaged at the service delivering a kindergarten program will not be eligible for QKFS funding.
The Department of Education will consider providing QKFS funding to services that are unable to meet the ECT requirements under special circumstances. Services will be required to provide details of those circumstances to the department for consideration on a case by case basis.
In 2020–2021, the Department of Education has offered grants to the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector to enable ECEC services to support their workforce to gain ECT qualifications and to become more skilled in their role as early childhood educators.