The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has released its 29th NQF Snapshot report, summarising quality rating results for education and care services operating under the National Quality Framework (NQF).

The latest Snapshot finds the proportion of services rated Meeting National Quality Standard (NQS) or above has remained steady at 80% since December 2019.

As at 31 March 2020, 30% of services are rated Exceeding NQS and 42 services received the Excellent rating – the highest rating a service can achieve. The quality of education and care services also continues to improve as almost two thirds (65%) of services previously rated Working Towards NQS improved their overall quality rating after reassessment.

ACECQA’s NQF Snapshot provides analysis and information on the profile of the education and care sector, the quality ratings of services, and the distribution of ratings by service type, provider management type and geographic location.

“The majority of data in this report covers the period prior to the escalation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Australia,” said ACECQA CEO Gabrielle Sinclair. “The report demonstrates the high quality of education and care in Australia and the enormous value the sector brings to Australian children, families and communities, especially during this challenging period.”

On 2 April 2020, Education Ministers announced four critical areas for time-limited regulatory action including the temporary suspension of assessment and ratings.

“COVID-19 and the associated responses from governments will impact the volume of new assessment and rating results in our next NQF Snapshot, scheduled to be published in early August,” noted Ms Sinclair.

Snapshot highlights include:

  • 16,144 NQF approved education and care services across Australia
  • 93% (15,048) services have received a quality rating
  • 80% (12,099) of all quality rated services have an overall quality rating of Meeting NQS or above
  • 42 Excellent rated services
  • 46% (7351) services with a quality rating against the 2018 NQS.
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