The Australian, state and territory education Ministers agreed to changes to the National Quality Framework (NQF).
Changes to the law and regulations were introduced on 1 October 2017 (except in Western Australia) to ensure quality education and care in Australia continues to improve under the NQF in the most efficient and effective way.
1 October 2017 – National Law and Regulations changes commenced in all states and territories, except Western Australia. In Western Australia changes will commence by 1 October 2018 to allow for the legislation to pass through that parliament.
1 February 2018 – Revised National Quality Standard (NQS) commences in all states and territories, including Western Australia.
These changes will streamline and clarify the NQF. This should give people more understanding of how to implement and maintain effective education and care for all children.
The NQF is a set of standards that all early education and care services must meet, to ensure children have access to safe, high quality early education.