ACECQA strengthens process for new provider and service approval applications

ACECQA strengthens process for new provider and service approval applications

by Freya Lucas

February 28, 2022

ACECQA has outlined new processes for state and territory regulatory authorities to follow when new service providers seek an approval, or existing providers seek to expand, with a view to bringing in nationally consistent processes. 

 

Regulatory authorities are responsible for ensuring that new and existing providers are able to meet the objectives and requirements of the National Quality Framework (NQF) through assessment processes which include requiring applicants to demonstrate the suitability, knowledge, and capability required to comply with the Education and Care Services National Law and National Regulations

 

The purpose is to promote the safety, health and wellbeing of children, and improve children’s educational outcomes when they attend an education and care service.

 

From March 2022, state and territory regulatory authorities will have a nationally consistent and rigorous way of requiring applicants to complete an assessment. This new online, multiple choice assessment is an opportunity for provider personnel to demonstrate their knowledge of the National Law and National Regulations, and the responsibilities and obligations of an approved provider.  

 

The new online assessment is another step by state and territory regulatory authorities and ACECQA to protect the interests of children and families, and help the sector maintain its reputation for providers who are committed to quality outcomes for children. The new assessment will also streamline applications through its use of new technologies.

 

More information will be made available via the relevant regulatory authority in each state or territory.

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