From March 2022, state and territory regulatory authorities will have a nationally consistent and rigorous way of requiring provider and service approval 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 assessment includes 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.
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 online assessment will also streamline applications through its use of new technologies.
When new service providers seek approval, or existing providers seek to expand, regulatory authorities play an important role in promoting NQF objectives by assessing their suitability.
The approvals assessment process helps ensure all applicants, prior to approval, understand their responsibilities under Laws and Regulations.
Your assessment outcome will be considered along with other relevant information, which may include your compliance history with the National Law and National Regulations, Supplementary Provisions, and previous laws pertaining to children's services, any relevant service rating, and checks made with other government agencies.
Strengthening Checks For New Provider And Service Approval Applications, ACECQA Newsletter Issue 2 2022