National Quality Framework Review

Information on the National Quality Framework (NQF) Review including how the early childhood education and care sector can take part.


The National Quality Framework (NQF) is an important national framework which focuses on quality children’s education and care in Australia. The NQF started a decade ago, with over one million children currently attending education and care services across Australia.

The 2019 National Quality Framework (NQF) Review aims to ensure that the NQF is current, fit-for-purpose and implemented through best practice regulation. Governments have used stakeholder feedback on the Issues Paper released in 2019 to develop a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS). The CRIS proposes a number of possible options for regulatory change to the NQF. The CRIS has now been published and you can read it here.

Options presented in the CRIS are not final, instead they provide a range of possible solutions, to generate discussion on the likely impacts of change. We want to hear your feedback on these options or new options that you think would resolve the issues. Feedback on the CRIS will be used to develop a Decision Regulation Impact Statement (DRIS), which will assist governments in selecting the most appropriate solutions for implementation in 2022.

Since the NQF Review will result in changes to the NQF that will impact the education and care sector, it is important that stakeholders are given opportunities to provide feedback on the issues under review. As the education and care sector continues to evolve and continuously improve, it is also appropriate that stakeholders have a forum to bring important issues to the attention of policymakers.

Information sessions

Each state and territory is holding Information Sessions to help stakeholders understand the issues and impact of the options.

We will soon be seeking your feedback on the 2019 NQF Review Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS). In the meantime, feel free to familiarise yourself with the CRIS. To help you do this, there are a number of videos on the NQF Review website that walk you through each of the issues addressed in the CRIS in which we are seeking your feedback on.

The NSW Department of Education will be holding Information Sessions on the CRIS online, on 15-25 March. Sessions will last for 45 minutes - 1 hour and 30 minutes, depending on the topic. You can register your interest, by topic, below. Day and evening options will be available.

If you are unable to attend we'll upload recordings to this page.

Dates for information sessions are:

Children’s Safety, Health and Wellbeing

  • Monday 15 March – 10-11:30AM or 6-7:30PM
    • Safety of children during transitions between services (including school)
    • Sleep and rest requirements
    • Improving children’s safety during regular transportation
    • Improving children’s safety during emergency evacuations from multistorey
    • Embedding the National Child Safe Principles
    • Updating record keeping requirements

Regulation, Assessment and Rating

  • Wednesday 17 March – 2-3:15PM or 6-7:15PM
    • The quality ratings system
    • Changes in fees for Regulatory Authorities
    • Changes in application fees for ACECQA functions
    • Assessing suitability of individuals to work directly or indirectly with children
    • Cancellation of Provider Approval under Family Assistance Law
    • Arrangements to transfer a service to another approved provider
    • Maintaining current information about service delivery

Family Day Care

  • Monday 22 March – 10-11AM or 6-7PM
    • FDC Register and notification requirements
    • FDC exceptional circumstances
    • Safety around swimming pools in FDC residences
    • Safety of glass used by services in Family Day Care
    • Minimum qualification requirements for educators in FDC


  • Tuesday 23 March – 2-2:45PM, or 6-6:45PM
    • Restrictions on short term relief for early childhood educators
    • Educators who are ‘actively working towards’ a qualification
    • Minimum qualification requirements for educators in FDC


  • Thursday 25 March – 10-10:45AM or 6-6:45PM
    • Assessment and rating of OSHC
    • Safety of children during transitions between services (including school)
    • Improving children’s safety during regular transportation

Before attending any session, it may be helpful to read the topic(s) in the CRIS. You can download the full CRIS.

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