Review of Child Safety Arrangements under NQF Final Report


Review of Child Safety Arrangements under NQF Final Report

31 January 2024

A Report on a Review into Child Safety Arrangements under the National Quality Framework is now available.

All governments are committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of children attending early childhood education and care services in Australia.

Commissioned by the Australian Government and undertaken by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), the independent review investigated:

  • How well the National Quality Framework (NQF) operates
  • How the NQF interacts with national and jurisdictional laws, regulations, policies and practices.

The Terms and Reference can be found here.

The Review confirmed the NQF remains robust and focused on continuous improvement, and makes 16 recommendations to further strengthen:

  • Child-safe governance, leadership and culture
  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Educator safeguards and teacher registration and accreditation
  • Support for staff to respond to and manage risks
  • Child safety arrangements across jurisdictions.

These recommendations build on recent changes to the NQF that strengthened children’s safety and wellbeing while being transported, sleeping and during emergency evacuations.  

All state and territory governments will consider the detailed recommendations in developing an implementation plan for Education Ministers.

Read the Report on the Review of Child Safety Arrangements under the NQF here.