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Quarterly regulatory data update

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Quarter 3, 2021 (July to September)

Publishing regulatory data provides transparency around the Regulatory Authority’s work and encourages voluntary compliance and improved service quality by the regulated early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector.

Unless stated otherwise, the figures provided on these pages relate to Queensland ECEC services regulated under the National Quality Framework (NQF) and the Education and Care Services Act (2015) (ECS Act).


Early childhood in Queensland – it’s all in t​he numbers

The ECEC sector in Queensland is changing all the time. The figures below provide a snapshot of the number of approved ECEC services and the total approved number of places that these services may provide.

As at 30 September 2021, Queensland has 3,154 approved ECEC services delivering early childhood education and care for up to 229,115 children.

The number of ECEC services in Queensland has increased by 2% since 30 September 2020.

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3,154 regulated ECEC services in Queensland.


3,098 services approved under the NQF.


56 regulated ECS Act services in Queensland.

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61 additional services since 30 September 2020.


229,115 approved places for children – an incre​ase of 4% since 30 September 2020.


Approved NQF services by type

The table below shows the number of approved NQF services in Queensland as at 30 September 2021 (quarter 3, 2021). Figures are provided for earlier quarters for comparison.

​NQF servi​ce type​This quarter (Q3, 2021)​Previous quarter (Q2, 2021)​Same quarter last year (Q3, 2020)​​% change on same quarter last year
​Long day care​1,7191,7081,656+3.8%
​Outside school hours care767​766753+1.9%
​Kindergarten494495515-4.1%
​Family day care118116111+6.3%
​Other011-100.0%
​Total ​3,098 3,086 ​3,036 +​​2.0%

Service monitoring

Regulatory officers regularly conduct visits to assess ECEC services’ quality and compliance with legislative requirements. Visits can be announced or unannounced.

Where non-compliance is identified, the Regulatory Authority will take enforcement action when needed to ensure the issues identified are effectively addressed.

900 monitoring visits* conducted last quarter​.

The table below shows the number of monitoring visits conducted by the Regulatory Authority in quarter 3, 2021. Figures are provided for earlier quarters for comparison.


​This quarter (Q3, 2021)​
​Previous quarter (Q2, 2021)
Same quarter last year (Q3, 2020)
​% change on same quarter last year
​Visits*
​900​1,353​1,017​​-11.5%

*During periods when public health directives restrict activities, movement and gatherings due to COVID-19, visits may be conducted virtually.


Application assessment

The Regulatory Authority assesses applications from individuals and organisations who wish to provide ECEC in Queensland. Robust approval processes ensure providers are capable of educating and caring for children aged from birth to 8.

415 applications processed by the Regulatory Authority this quarter – a 6% increase on the same quarter last year.

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The table below shows the number of applications received by the Regulatory Authority in quarter 3, 2021. Figures are provided for earlier quarters for comparison.


​This quarter (Q3, 2021)
​Previous quarter (Q2, 2021)
​Same quarter last year (Q3, 2020)
​% change on same quarter last year
​​Applications processed*​415​409
​391​​​+6.1%

*Notifications of transfer of service approval are counted as an application type for reporting purposes.


Applications processed by type​​

The table below shows the number of applications received by the Regulatory Authority in quarter 3, 2021. Figures are provided for earlier quarters for comparison.

​Ap​plication type​
​​This quarter (Q3, 2021)
​Previous quarter (Q2, 2021)
​Same quarter last year (Q3, 2020)
​% change on same quarter last year
Pr​ovider approval​49​54​58​-15.5%
​Service approval​32​25​26​+23.1%
​Amendment of service approval​65​77​71​-8.5%
​Amendment of provider approval​9​10​9​0.0%
​Service or temporary waiver​182​153​171​+6.4%
​Extension of temporary waiver​25​41​22​+13.6%
​Suspension of service approval​11​19​8​+37.5%
​Transfer of service approval​36​21​17​+111.8%
​Other​6​9​9​-33.3%
​Total ​415 ​409 ​391 ​+6.1%

*Notifications of transfer of service approval are counted as an application type for reporting purposes.


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Last updated 09 November 2021