The Australian Government has released information regarding the assessment and rating process for the National Quality Framework (NQF), providing services with some more clarity on the process and timing for 2012.
The first requirement of the assessment and rating process is the preparation of a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) which should be informed by self assessment and identifies the service's strengths and areas for improvement.
All governments recognise that this will be a busy time for services as they engage with the new National Law and Regulations and therefore existing services transitioning into the system will have at least four months from 1 January 2012 to submit their QIP to the Regulatory Authority. During this time no assessment visits will occur.
The first assessment visits to services are expected to commence in June 2012 and services will be given forward notice of their upcoming assessment. It is anticipated that those services scheduled for assessment in June 2012 will be contacted by the Department in April. Support will be provided to services to help them prepare for the assessment and rating process.
Priority may be given to education and care services that are currently covered by the National Childcare Accreditation Council but are not yet accredited or were due for accreditation in 2012.
Further information including a table outlining the key steps in the assessment and rating process and answers to a number of frequently asked questions are available in DEEWR's NQF Assessment and Rating Process fact sheet .
It is anticipated that a range of fact sheets and FAQs will be available for the launch of the National Regulations providing more detail on what services can expect, and will need to do, in preparation for 1 January 2012.
This page was last reviewed on 16 Sep 2011