The 2014 Review of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care Services

Consultation Regulation Impact Statement

A Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on proposed options for changes to the National Quality Framework (NQF) was released on 7 November 2014, and submissions closed on 16 January 2015.

The Consultation RIS was provided in PDF format and an accessible Word format.

To open the Consultation RIS in PDF format, click HERE.

To open the Consultation RIS in accessible Word format, click HERE.

Over 1700 people attended the 58 face to face consultation sessions that were held in all capital cities and a selection of regional areas within states and territories. These sessions were presented by the Australian Government, state and territory governments and supported by the national body, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). The sessions occurred between 10 November and 12 December 2014, and included sessions with peak organisations.

The community provided 108 public written submissions, 106 online comments and 670 survey responses to the Consultation RIS.

Overall, feedback was generally supportive of the NQF and the increase in quality service provision since its implementation.

The sector was receptive to some of the proposed changes in the Consultation RIS especially those that sought to remove unnecessary or ineffective administrative and regulatory burden e.g. the removal of the supervisor certificate requirements.

The Written Submissions are available below for viewing in PDF format and an accessible Word format.

The Australian Government and state and territory governments acknowledge the contribution the sector, families and community have made to the 2014 Review of the National Partnership Agreement on the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care (2014 NP NQA Review) and their feedback is currently being considered in preparing the final recommendations. Feedback from the sector on the NQF will help governments in making decisions about what changes may be made in 2016 and beyond. Some changes may include a transition period.

Stakeholder feedback from the Consultation RIS process will be incorporated into the Decision RIS report.

The final decisions will be available once agreed by all Ministers.

The Productivity Commission’s Report on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning was released on 20 February 2015. In considering its response to the Report, the Australian Government will take into account the review of the National Quality Framework, including relevant stakeholder feedback and any known Education Council decisions in response to the 2014 NP NQA Review. If as a consequence of its consideration of the Productivity Commission’s Report the Australian Government forms the view that further reform of the NQF is warranted, then it would seek to give effect to that view through the established arrangements under the National Partnership and Council of Australian Government processes.

Written submissions

All submissions are available in PDF format. Most submissions are also available in accessible Word format (those that were originally submitted in Word format). Personal information has been redacted from submissions as required.

If you are having any difficulty accessing the documents on this page, send an email toNQFCRIS@deloitte.com.au

Association of Independent Schools of SA (AISSA) (PDF - 358 KB)

Assocation of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA) (PDF - 189 KB)

Assocation of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA) (Word - 16 KB)

Association of Neighbourhood Houses & Learning Centres (ANHLC) (PDF - 229 KB)

Association of Neighbourhood Houses & Learning Centres (ANHLC) (Attachment) (PDF - 355 KB)

Australian Association for Environmental Education Early Childhood Special Interest Group (AAEE EC SIG) (PDF - 178 KB)

Australian Association for Environmental Education Early Childhood Special Interest Group (AAEE EC SIG) (Word - 16 KB) 

Australian Childcare Alliance (PDF - 5017 KB)

Australian Community Children's Services (ACCS) (PDF - 1070 KB)

Australian Community Children's Services (ACCS) (Word - 112 KB)

Australian Education Union (AEU) (PDF - 250 KB)

Balmain East Out of School Care (PDF - 180 KB)

Barnes, Heather (VIC) (PDF - 96 KB)

Barnes, Heather (VIC) (Word - 21 KB)

bestchance Child Family Care (PDF - 175 KB)

bestchance Child Family Care (Word - 52 KB)

Blue River Family Day Care (PDF - 317 KB)

Blue River Family Day Care (Word - 20 KB)

Brisbane Family Day Care (PDF - 62 KB)

Brisbane Family Day Care (Word - 21 KB)

Brisbane South Family Day Care - 1 (PDF - 628 KB)

Brisbane South Family Day Care - 1 (Word - 154 KB)

Brisbane South Family Day Care - 2 (PDF - 359 KB)

Brisbane South Family Day Care - 2 (Word - 59 KB)

Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme Inc (PDF - 632 KB)

Canterbury City Council (PDF - 287 KB)

Canterbury City Council (Word - 19 KB)

Capricornia Family Day Care (PDF - 302 KB)

Capricornia Family Day Care (Word - 1554 KB)

CareWest Ltd (PDF - 321 KB)

CareWest Ltd (Word - 91 KB)

Catholic Education Office of Western Australia (CEOWA) (PDF - 417 KB)

Centre Support (PDF - 761 KB)

Centre Support (Word - 36 KB)

Child Inclusive Learning and Development Australia (Child Australia) (PDF - 2024 KB)

Child Inclusive Learning and Development Australia (Child Australia) (Word - 28 KB)

Chinese Australian Services Society Ltd (CASS) (PDF - 142 KB)

Chinese Australian Services Society Ltd (CASS) (Word - 18 KB)

Churches of Christ in Queensland, Churches of Christ Care (PDF - 2900 KB)

Churches of Christ in Queensland, Churches of Christ Care (Word - 124 KB)

City of Casey (PDF - 367 KB)

City of Casey (Word - 20 KB)

Collins, Micci (NSW) (PDF - 144 KB)

Collins, Micci (NSW) (Word - 23 KB)

Communities@Work (PDF - 414 KB)

Communities@Work (Word - 851 KB)

Community Child Care Association (CCC) (PDF - 1460 KB)

Community Child Care Association (CCC) (Word - 124 KB)

Community Child Care Co-operative (NSW) (PDF - 2034 KB)

Community Connections Solutions Australia (CCSA) (PDF - 1695 KB)

Community Connections Solutions Australia (CCSA) (Word - 62 KB)

Community Management Resourcing (CMR) (PDF - 134 KB)

Community Management Resourcing (CMR) (Word - 56 KB)

CPS Child & Family Centre (PDF - 1030 KB)

CPS Child & Family Centre (Word - 280 KB)

Crane, Nathalie (NSW) (PDF - 78 KB)

Creche and Kindergarten Assoc Ltd (C&K) (PDF - 2418 KB)

Department of Education WA (PDF - 1168 KB)

Department of Education WA (Word - 62 KB)

Early Childhood Australia (PDF - 958 KB)

Early Childhood Management Services (ECMS) (PDF - 2680 KB)

Early Learning and Care Council of Australia Inc (PDF - 1328 KB)

Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) (PDF - 507 KB)

Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) (Word - 703 KB)

Edith Cowan University, Centre for Early Childhood Research  (PDF - 374 KB)

Edith Cowan University, Centre for Early Childhood Research (Word - 154 KB) 

Environmental Education in Early Childhood (EEEC) (PDF - 257 KB)

Environmental Education in Early Childhood (EEEC) (Word - 164 KB)

Family Day Care Association of Queensland (FDCAQ) (PDF - 4626 KB)

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) (PDF - 2153 KB)

Family Day Care Educators Association WA Inc (PDF - 526 KB)

Family Day Care WA (PDF - 305 KB)

Family Day Care WA (Word - 43 KB)

Gayndah Family Day Care (PDF - 130 KB)

Gayndah Family Day Care (Word - 16 KB)

Goodstart Early Learning (PDF - 975 KB)

Gowrie Australia (PDF - 735 KB)

Gowrie Australia (Word - 33 KB)

Gowrie South Australia (PDF - 228 KB)

Gowrie South Australia (Word - 78 KB)

Grogan, Leanne (VIC) (PDF - 82KB)

Grogan, Leanne (VIC) (Word - 15 KB)

Helping Hands Network (PDF - 144 KB)

Hicks, Derek and Emma (QLD) (PDF - 100 KB)

Hobsons Bay City Council (PDF - 581 KB)

Hobsons Bay City Council (Word - 74 KB)

Holroyd City Council (PDF - 4977 KB)

Illawarra Area Child Care LTD (IACC) (PDF - 329 KB)

Illawarra Area Child Care LTD (IACC) (Word - 49 KB)

Independent Education Union of Australia (PDF - 2256 KB)

Intereach Limited (PDF - 366 KB)

Intereach Limited (Word - 67 KB)

Isis Family Day Care (PDF - 428 KB)

Karlstrand, Louise (VIC) (PDF - 179 KB)

Karlstrand, Louise (VIC) (Word - 17 KB)

KU Bradfield Park Children's Service (PDF - 179 KB)

KU Bradfield Park Children's Service (Word - 16 KB)

KU Children's Services (PDF - 1020 KB)

Kurri Kurri & District Preschool Kindergarten Inc (PDF - 381 KB)

Kurri Kurri & District Preschool Kindergarten Inc (Word - 26 KB)

Lady Gowrie Tasmania (PDF - 461 KB)

Lady Gowrie Tasmania (Word - 46 KB) 

Lake Macquarie Family Day Care (PDF - 365 KB)

Lake Macquarie Family Day Care (Word - 20 KB)

Learning Happens (PDF - 212 KB)

Leichhardt Council (PDF - 620 KB)

Leichhardt Council (Word - 26 KB)

Local Government Children's Services Reference Group (PDF - 715 KB)

Local Government Children's Services Reference Group (Word - 32 KB)

Long, Deborah (NSW) (PDF - 253 KB)

Long, Deborah (NSW) (Word - 23 KB)

Mallee Track Health and Community Service (PDF - 250 KB)

Mallee Track Health and Community Service (Word - 16 KB)

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) (PDF - 212 KB)

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) (Word - 284 KB)

Murphy, Kate (NSW) (PDF - 474 KB)

Murphy, Kate (NSW) (Word - 16 KB)

National In-Home Childcare Association (PDF - 712 KB)

National Out of School Hours Services Association (NOSHSA) (PDF - 3206 KB)

Nature Alliance Family Day Care Service (PDF - 289 KB)

Nature Alliance Family Day Care Service (Word - 53 KB)

Network of Community Activities (PDF - 2503 KB)

Network SA Resource Advisory & Management Services (PDF - 321 KB)

Network SA Resource Advisory & Management Services (Word - 19 KB)

New South Wales Family Day Care Association (PDF - 201 KB)

New South Wales Family Day Care Association (Word - 20 KB)

NSW Children's Services Forum (PDF - 630 KB)

NSW Children's Services Forum (Word - 34 KB)

Noah's Ark (PDF - 277 KB)

Noah's Ark (Word - 28 KB)

Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner (PDF - 1356 KB)

Office of the State Coroner QLD (PDF - 555 KB)

OSHC Network (PDF - 237 KB)

OSHC Support Services (PDF - 145 KB)

OSHClub (PDF - 287 KB)

Penrith City Council (PDF - 1429 KB)

Play & Learn WA (PDF - 913 KB)

Port Stephens Council (PDF - 1149 KB)

Port Stephens Council (Word - 39 KB)

Queensland Children's Activities Network (PDF - 1149 KB)

Queensland Children's Activities Network (Word - 28 KB)

Queensland Early Childhood Sustainability Network (PDF - 255 KB)

Queensland Early Childhood Sustainability Network (Word - 14 KB) 

Remote and Isolated Children's Exercise (RICE) (PDF - 111 KB)

Remote and Isolated Children's Exercise (RICE) (Word - 50 KB)

Santa Sabina College (PDF - 328 KB)

Santa Sabina College (Word - 18 KB)

Save the Children Australia (PDF - 416 KB)

School's Out OSHC (PDF - 203 KB)

School's Out OSHC (Word - 17 KB)

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (PDF - 253 KB)

Sherpa Kids (PDF - 178 KB)

Sherpa Kids (Word - 15 KB)

South Burnett Family Day Care (PDF - 283 KB)

South Burnett Family Day Care (Word - 31 KB)

Sustainable Environmental Education Development (SEED), Surtherland Shire Council Children's Services (PDF - 1198 KB)

Sustainable Environmental Education Development (SEED), Surtherland Shire Council Children's Services (Word - 25 KB)

Sutherland Shire Council Children's Services (PDF - 387 KB)

Sutherland Shire Council Children's Services (Word - 151 KB)

Townsville and Regions Family Day Care (PDF - 70 KB)

Tropical North Family Day Care (PDF - 1141 KB)

United Voice (PDF - 339 KB)

UnitingCare Children's Services (PDF - 1551 KB)

UnitingCare Children's Services (Word - 315 KB)

University of New England (PDF - 373 KB)

University of New England (Word - 14 KB)

University of Sydney, Faculty of Education and Social Work (PDF - 1367 KB)

University of Sydney, Faculty of Education and Social Work (Word - 111 KB)

Warringah Council Children's Services (PDF - 420 KB)

Warringah Council Children's Services (Word - 22 KB)

Warwick & District Family Day Care (PDF - 148 KB)

Willoughby City Council (PDF - 145 KB)

Woden Community Service Inc (PDF - 205 KB)

Woden Community Service Inc (Word - 177 KB)

Wynnum Family Day Care (PDF - 60 KB)

Wynnum Family Day Care (Word - 16 KB)