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Transportation

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Early childhood services must be vigilant concerning the potential dangers when transporting children in vehicles and have strategies in place to manage the risks and protect children in their care.

All early childhood education and care services that transport children must have a specific written transport policy and procedure in place following changes to the National Regulations.

The following guidance is to support approved providers of both centre-based and family day care services operating in Queensland to transport children safely and meet national transport requirements.

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Related information

Learn more about an approved provider's responsibilities relating to the health, safety and wellbeing of children attending their service:

  • ACECQA safe transportation of children information sheet (PDF, 193KB)
  • Education and Care Services National Law (Queensland) (PDF, 1.5MB)
    • Section 165: Offence to inadequately supervise children
    • Section 167: Offence relating to protection of children from harm or hazards
  • Education and Care Services National Regulations (Queensland) (PDF, 2MB)
    • Regulation 99: Children leaving the education and care service premises
    • Regulation 100: Risk assessment must be conducted before excursion
    • Regulation 101 Conduct of risk assessment for excursion
    • Regulation 102: Authorisation for excursions
    • Regulation 102B: Transport risk assessment must be conducted before service transports child
    • Regulation 102C: Conduct of risk assessment for transporting of children by the education and care service
    • Regulation 102D: Authorisation for service to transport children
    • Regulation 161: Authorisations to be kept in enrolment record
    • Regulation 168: Education and care services must have policies and procedures (including excursions (Regulation 168(2)(g)) and transportation of children (Regulation 168(2)(ga))
  • Education and Care Services Act 2013
    • Section 121: Children must be adequately supervised
    • Section 122: Children must be protected from harm and hazards
  • Education and Care Services Regulation 2013
    • Regulation 26: Departure of children
    • Regulation 55: Excursions risk assessments
    • Regulation 56: Authorisation for excursions
    • Regulation 61: Children's attendance record
    • Regulation 62: Child Enrolment records
    • Regulation 63: Authorisations to be kept in enrolment record
    • Regulation 65: QEC approved services must have policies and procedures
  • National Quality Standard
    • Quality area 2—Children's health and safety.
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Last updated 30 September 2020