ACECQA is the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority and is an independent national authority, based in Sydney. It is led by CEO Karen Curtis and guided by a 12 member governing Board whose members were nominated by each state and territory and the Commonwealth. Board members serve three year terms.

As the name suggests, one of ACECQA’s many roles is to educate and inform the wider community about the importance of improving outcomes in children’s education and care. We also provide governments, the sector and families with access to the most current research to ensure NQF policy and service delivery is in line with best practice across the country. ACECQA guides the implementation of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care nationally and ensures consistency in delivery and other social media.



The National Quality Framework (NQF) for Early Childhood Education and Care helps ensure your child is given the best possible start in life.

For the first time, every state and territory in Australia is working to achieve the same quality outcomes for children, no matter where they live.

Major benefits for parents and children in long day care, family day care, preschools, kindergartens and outside school hours care services are:

  • Greater individual care and attention for children
  • Better support for children’s learning and development
  • Educators with increased skills and qualifications
  • Improved educator to child ratios in most services
  • A ratings system of education and care services

To find out more about the NQF and how it affects you and your child, visit the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) website:




Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority



Department of Education and Communities

-          Law and Regulations

-          NSW – specific information

-          FAQS

-          Contact Details



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