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National Quality Framework

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The National Quality Framework (NQF) commenced in Queensland on 1 January 2012. The NQF comprises the Education and Care Services National Law (National Law), the Education and Care Services National Regulations (National Regulations) and the National Quality Standard (the NQS). The NQF applies to most education and care services including long day care centres, outside school hours care, family day care and kindergartens.​

The NQF aims to:

  • ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of children attending education and care services
  • improve educational and developmental outcomes for children attending education and care services
  • promote continuous improvement in the provision of quality education and care services.

Structure of the National Quality Framework

The NQF includes:

  • The National Law – The NQF operates under a nationally applied law system comprising the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations.
  • The National Regulations – The Education and Care Services National Regulations support the National Law by providing detail on a range of operational requirements for an education and care service.

The National Regulations include:

National consistency

The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) is the National Authority overseeing the NQF in education and care services in Australia.

Regulatory authorities

Each state and territory has a regulatory authority, which implements the functions of approvals, monitoring and compliance and quality assessment under the NQF.

In Queensland, the Chief Executive of the Department of Education is the regulatory authority and is responsible for:

Learn more about what we do and the role of the department. 

More information 

Templates, forms and resources
Access resources, videos, forms and fact sheets on the National Quality Framework.

The Notification Decision Tree (NDT)​ can assist in deciding whether a notification is required and the timeframe in which that notification should be made.

Stay up to date

Subscribe to the National Quality Framework e-bulletin
Keep updated on important matters related to the NQF.

Subscribe to the A to Z of Early Childhood e-newsletter
Keep updated on information about early childhood education and care reforms in Queensland.

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Last updated 24 December 2018