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NQF Review: Update & Upcoming Information Sessions

Notwithstanding the delay of the Review of the National Quality Framework (NQF) during 2020 due to COVID-19, the “proposals” of changes are now available via their Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS).


ACA NSW will soon be releasing a discussion paper for all Approved Providers to consider.


In the meantime, ACA NSW has been and will continue to discuss the Review of the NQF and now the CRIS at ACA NSW Network Meetings with members and non-members via face-to-face as well as live webinar. Members can access (using their username and password) past Network Meetings that have been video-recorded should they have missed any.


The next ACA NSW Network Meeting (ie #3 of 18 for 2021) will be on Monday, 15 May 2021 via live webinar.


ACA NSW also strongly encourages all Approved Providers to attend the following (on-line) Information Sessions hosted by the NSW Department of Education:


  • Children’s Safey, Health and Well-being
    • Monday, 15 March 2021 – 10.00 am to 11.30 am
    • Monday, 15 March 2021 – 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm
    • Topics:
      • 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 & Rating
    • Wednesday, 17 March 2021 – 2.00 pm to 3.15 pm
    • Wednesday, 17 March 2021 – 6.00 pm to 7.15 pm
    • Topics:
      • 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 Daycare
    • Monday, 22 March 2021 – 10.00 am to 11.00 am
    • Monday, 22 March 2021 – 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm
    • Topics:
      • 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
  • Workforce
    • Tuesday, 23 March 2021 – 2.00 pm to 2.45 pm
    • Tuesday, 23 March 2021 – 6.00 pm to 6.45 pm
    • Topics:
      • Restrictions on short term relief for early childhood educators
      • Educators who are ‘actively working towards’ a qualification
      • Minimum qualification requirements for educators in FDC
  • Out-of-School-Hours-Care
    • Thursday, 25 March 2021 – 10.00 am to 10.45 am
    • Thursday, 25 March 2021 – 6.00 pm to 6.45 pm
    • Topics:
      • Assessment and rating of OSHC
      • Safety of children during transitions between services (including school)
      • Improving children’s safety during regular transportation


Should ACA NSW members require any further information/clarification, please contact the ACA NSW office on 1300 556 330 or nsw@childcarealliance.org.au.


PUBLISHED: 3 MARCH 2021