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).
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.
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.
The ECS Act provides for exemptions - waivers - from meeting some regulatory requirements.
Waivers can be issued for a variety of situations to provide flexibility for services. Waivers allow a service to be taken to comply with the law.
There are 2 types of waivers:
Temporary waiver (applies for up to 12 months)
Temporary waivers are intended for situations where providers are unable to meet building, environment or staffing requirements for short periods of time, for example while undergoing building repairs.
Service waiver (applies on an ongoing basis)
Service waivers are available for situations where providers are unable to meet these requirements on an ongoing basis, for example administrative space requirements.
Conditions on service licences issued under the former
Child Care Act 2002 continue to apply under the ECS Act as waivers.
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.
ECS Act resources – Access the forms required for provider and service approvals and notifications, prohibition notices, waivers, emergency notifications, and decision notices.
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