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Building and physical environment standards

Education and Care Services Act 2013

All Queensland education and care services under the Education and Care Services Act 2013 Adobe PDF document External Link(ECS Act) need to provide a safe environment for children and staff. This includes meeting standards for buildings and requirements for physical environments, such as outdoor play space.

Building standards

Queensland education and care services approved after 1 January 2014 or services moving to new premisesmust comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

Queensland education and care services' premises need to meet physical environment standards (see Education and Care Services Regulation 2013 Adobe PDF document External Link).

The amount of outdoor space required per child determines the capacity of a service. In some circumstances, it may be appropriate to apply for a service waiver or temporary waiver.

Standards for services formerly licensed under the Child Care Act

Building:

Existing Queensland education and care services, previously licensed under the former Child Care Act, need to comply with the Queensland Development Code (QDC) External Link building standards that applied when the original application for approval of their building (or building works) was lodged.

If the service undertakes any assessable building work or changes the use of the building it may need to comply with the Building Code of Australia. This is subject to the building certifier's assessment when building work occurs.

Physical environment:

Existing services may be eligible to apply for a waiver for some physical environment requirements, specifically relating to outdoor play space.

Waivers

Approved providers can apply for a waiver if a service cannot meet the physical environment standards or requirements under the ECS Regulation on a permanent or temporary basis.

There may also be circumstances where services can demonstrate the ability to achieve the intended outcoems for children, via an alternative approach to a prescribed physical or staffing standard or regulation.

Find out more about waivers

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