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Approvals for ECS Act services

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The Chief Executive of the Department of Education approves Queensland education and care services and service providers regulated under the Education and Care Services Act 2013 (ECS Act).

Provider approvals

A provider approval (or application for approval) is required before a service approval can be granted to operate a Queensland education and care service. The approval is ongoing.

Approved providers need to notify the Chief Executive in writing about any changes that affect their provider approval or service approval.

Service approvals

Each Queensland education and care service operated by an approved provider requires a service approval that relates to the individual site/premises. An approved provider may hold more than one service approval. The approval is ongoing.

The service must display the service approval certificate.

Services licensed under the former Child Care Act 2002 that were not captured under the National Quality Framework became approved services under the ECS Act on 1 January 2014.

Waivers

Approved providers who have exhausted all other available options and are having difficulty meeting operational requirements such as the following may apply for a waiver as a last resort:

Read more about the above types of waivers and other waivers under the ECS Act.

Authorisation to act on behalf of approved providers

Approved providers may wish to authorise person/s to act or communicate on their behalf with the Chief Executive. Read more about acting on behalf of an approved provider.

More information 

ECS Act resources – Access the forms required for provider and service approvals and notifications, prohibition notices, waivers, emergency notifications, and decision notices.

Help and support

If you have questions about provider and service approvals, please contact us

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Last updated 03 October 2019