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Education and Care Services Act 2013

The department approves Queensland education and care services and service providers regulated under the Education and Care Services Act 2013 (ECS Act).

Provider approvals

A provider approval (or application for approval) is required before a service approval can be granted to operate a Queensland education and care service. The approval is ongoing.

Approved providers need to notify the department in writing about any changes that affect their provider approval or service approval.

Service approvals

Each Queensland education and care service operated by an approved provider requires a service approval that relates to the individual site/premises. An approved provider may hold more than one service agreement. The approval is ongoing.

The service must display the service approval certificate.

Services licensed under the former Child Care Act 2002, that were not captured under the National Quality Framework became approved services under the ECS Act on 1 January 2014.


The ECS Act provides for exemptions - waivers - from meeting some regulatory requirements.

Waivers can be issued for a variety of situations to provide flexibility for services. Waivers allow a service to be taken to comply with the law.

There are 2 types of waivers:

Conditions on service licences issued under the former Child Care Act 2002 continue to apply under the ECS Act as waivers.

Contact your regional office External Link for more information.

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This page was last reviewed on 16 Apr 2015

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