content-left-bg.png
content-right-bg.png

Ensuring staff follow policies and procedures

WebPartZone1_1
PublishingPageContent

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​6 reasonable steps for approved providers

It is an approved provider’s responsibility to ensure staff* follow their service’s policies and procedures, and they must take reasonable steps to meet this obligation under Education and Care Services National Regulation, Regulation 170.

There are 6 steps, described as broad outcomes, the Regulatory Authority (RA) considers reasonable.

This guide breaks down the 6 reasonable steps with suggested strategies and examples of documented evidence of practice or observable practice that may assist an approved provider to ensure and demonstrate their compliance with Regulation 170.

The strategies an approved provider uses, particularly where it holds many service approvals, will vary and are influenced by local factors such as the:

  • service type, size, location, and availability and use of technology
  • staff and family needs including cultural, language and access needs.

These strategies and examples of evidence are not intended to be prescriptive or exhaustive and unless required by law, retaining the listed evidence is not mandatory.

Documentation, such as staff training records, that is recorded at the time of the event and contains sufficient details, including the date and names of relevant parties, is the most reliable evidence of practice.

Approved providers may use this documentation to demonstrate compliance when authorised officers conduct monitoring or investigations.

However, authorised officers can also gather evidence through discussions with staff and observing practice.

* The requirements of Regulation 170 capture a range of staff of centre-based and family day care services, whether engaged as employees or contractors, including nominated supervisors, educators, assistant educators, family day care (FDC) coordinators, FDC educators, FDC educator assistants, volunteers and other staff members, including temporary staff engaged through labour hire or temporary recruitment agencies.​

These steps will ensure that staff follow a service’s policies and procedures:​​

​1. Accessibility

​Policies and procedures are readily available and accessible to staff as required.​

​Suggested strategies
Example evidence
  • An FDC ​service’s register of educators, coordinators and educator assistants shows that during support visits, the coordinator provided educators with advice and written materials on how to access policies and procedures.​​ This may have included instructions on how to download the documents from the service’s websites or portals.
  • Staff members can show an authorised officer how they independently and readily access the latest version of their service’s policies and procedures, whether in hardcopy or from the service’s software system.
  • Documents demonstrate a needs assessment of staff and families has occurred at induction or enrolment on accessing policies and procedures. Documents are provided in languages other than English or via audio or other forms as necessary.
  • Physical or electronic records, including version numbers, show that the service is reviewing, updating and following current policies and procedures, particularly after operational and legislative changes have come into effect.
WebPartZone1_2

2. Induction and training

Staff are given adequate onboarding and ongoing support to ensure up-to-date knowledge and a thorough understanding of responsibilities.

3. Quality assurance and governance

Policies and procedures are regularly reviewed and maintained.

4. Monitor and audit compliance

Implementation of policies and procedures is regularly monitored to ensure staff are following them correctly.

5. Remedial action

Non-compliance with policies and procedures is promptly addressed.

6. Resourcing and support

Adequate resources and time are allocated to enable staff to comply with policies and procedures.

Example evidenc​​e
  • Records of the dates and times that staff were participating in training sessions, such as training schedules/overview documents, rosters, time stamps on online modules, approvals for training, meeting minutes that include training or educator registers listing training.
  • Records of monitoring and support visits to FDC educators that show resources were assessed to ensure that policies and procedures can be complied with.
  • Rosters which include educator roles and records of staff working directly with children as evidence of staffing arrangements at any time education and care is being provided.
  • Evidence of discussions about resourcing limitations and actions taken to address any reasonable concerns.
  • Receipts of specialised equipment purchases and maintenance schedules if required.

Related information

Learn more about an approved provider’s responsibilities relating to policies and procedures:

WebPartZone2_1
WebPartZone2_2
WebPartZone2_3
WebPartZone3_1
WebPartZone3_2
WebPartZone3_3
WebPartZone3_4
WebPartZone4_1
WebPartZone5_1
WebPartZone5_2
WebPartZone6_1
WebPartZone6_2
WebPartZone7_1
WebPartZone7_2
WebPartZone8_1
WebPartZone8_2
WebPartZone9_1
Last updated 29 July 2022