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Regulatory data

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​​​​​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 2013 ​(ECS Act).


Annual data report 2021–22 financial year (FY)

The 2021–22 Queensland Early Childhood Regulatory Authority financial year in review​ summarises how the Regulatory Authority and the ECEC sector have performed over the last financial year. It includes data on applications, monitoring visits, notifications of incident and complaint, and compliance and enforcement, and explains some of the themes that emerged over the year.


Quarter 1 (July to September), 2022–23 financial year

The ECEC sector in Queensland is changing all the time. The figures below provide a snapshot of the number of appro​ved ECEC services and the total approved number of places that these services may provide. Data is current as at 30 September 2022​; figures for previous quarters may be updated to reflect the latest available data.​

As at 30 September 2022, Queensland has 3,198 approved ECEC services. Centre-based services approved under the NQF, along with ECS Act services, deliver early childhood education and care for up to 236,136​ ​children at any one time.

The number of ECEC services in Queensland has increased by 1.4% since 30 September 2021.

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3,198 approved ECEC services in Queensland.


3,142 services approved under the NQF.


56 regulated ECS Act services in Queensland.

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44 additional s​ervices since 30 September 2021.


236,136 approved places for children – an incre​ase of 3​% since 30 September ​​2021.


Approved NQF services by type

The table below shows the number of approved NQF services in Queensland as at 30 September 2022 (Q1, 2022–​23 FY). Figures are provided for earlier quarters for comparison.

​NQF servi​ce typeThis quarter (Q1, 2022–23 FY)​Previous quarter (Q4, 2021–22 FY)​Same quarter last FY (Q1, 2021–22 FY)​​​% change on same quarter last year
​Long day care​1,7521,7431,719+1.9%
​Outside school hours care777777767+1.3%
​Kindergarten501505494+1.4%
​Family day care112117118-5.1%
​Total ​3,142 3,142 ​3,098 +​​1.4%

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.

1,030 monitoring visits conducted this quarter​.

The table below shows the number of monitoring visits conducted by the Regulatory Authority in Q1, 2022–23 FY. Figures are provided for earlier quarters for comparison.

This quarter (Q1, 2022–23 FY)​Previous quarter (Q4, 2021–22 FY)Same quarter last FY ​(Q1, 2021–22 FY)​% change on same quarter last year
​Visits1,0301,250977+5.4%​

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.

520 applications received by the Regulatory Authority this quarter – a 25% 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 Q1, 2022–23 FY. Figures are provided for earlier quarters for comparison.


​This quarter (Q1, 2022–23 FY)​Previous quarter (Q4, 2021–22 FY)​Same quarter last FY (Q1, 2021–22 FY)​​% change on same quarter last year
​​Applications processed*520501​416​​​+25.0%

*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 Q1, 2022–23​ FY by application type. Figures are provided for earlier quarters for comparison.

​Ap​plication type​​​This quarter (Q1, 2022–23 FY)​Previous quarter (Q4, 2021–22 FY)​Same quarter last FY​ (Q1, 2021–22 FY)​​% change on same quarter last year
Pr​ovider approval4860​49-2.0%
​Service approval3626​32+12.5%
​Amendment of service approval83​6566+25.8%
​Amendment of provider approval​24109+166.7%
​Service or temporary waiver252225182​+38.5%
​Extension of temporary waiver27​7025​+8.0%
​Suspension of service approval14​1611+27.3%
​Transfer of service approval*272536-25.0%
​Other946+40.0%
​Total ​520 501 416 ​+25.0%

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


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Last updated 10 November 2022