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More than 20,000 quality assessments of children’s education and care services have been undertaken by state and territory regulatory authorities since 2012, with almost 2000 of these using the 2018 National Quality Standard (NQS), introduced from 1 February 2018. 

In its Q3 2018 NQF Snapshot, ACECQA announced almost eight out of 10 (78%) services are rated Meeting NQS or above, with more than three out of 10 (32%) rated Exceeding NQS. 

“Our Snapshot summarises the performance of services at assessment and reassessment, and includes detailed analysis relating to the quality areas, standards and elements that make up the NQS,” said ACECQA CEO Gabrielle Sinclair. 

To be rated Meeting NQS or above, all elements of the NQS must be met. Many services rated Working Towards NQS are close to achieving this high standard. For example, more than 550 services are rated Working Towards NQS due to not meeting only one or two elements. Furthermore, the majority of services rated Working Towards NQS receive a rating of Meeting NQS or above after reassessment. 

For the first time, this Snapshot also provides standard and element level results arising from the introduction of the 2018 National Quality Standard. 

Snapshot highlights include:

  • 15,787 NQF approved education and care services across Australia
  • 94% (14,880) services have received a quality rating
  • 78% (11,668) of all quality rated services have an overall quality rating of Meeting NQS or above
  • 49 Excellent rated services
  • 12% (1941) services with a quality rating against the 2018 NQS.
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