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Workforce transitional provisions expiring

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The following transitional workforce regulations contained in Education and Care Services National Regulations will expire in Queensland on 31 December 2021:

  • Regulation 239A: Centre-based services in remote and very remote areas and attendance of ECTs – allows a service to access an Early Childhood Teacher (ECT) 20% of the time and by means of information and communication technology. Expiration of this regulation does not impact Regulations 130 and 131, which allow smaller centre-based services to access an ECT 20% of the time and by means of information and communication technology.
  • Regulation 240: Centre-based services in remote and very remote areas and qualification requirements – allows an educator who has been continuously employed at a service for at least 15 years to be included in the ratio requirements without having to be actively working towards or holding a Certificate III qualification.
  • Regulation 242: Persons taken to be ECTs – Recognises a person who is actively working towards their ECT qualification as an ECT.
  • Regulations 390 and 407: Resignation of ECT and suitably qualified person – Centre-based services can only replace an ECT for the reasons contained in Regulation 135.

Early childhood teacher qualifications

Under the National Law, certain services are required to employ an ECT who holds an ACECQA-approved ECT qualification.

The 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.


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Last updated 04 August 2021