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for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (3.48): For the information of members, I present the following papers:
Education and Care Services National Law as applied by the law of the States and Territories, pursuant to sections 301 and 324—Education and Care Services National Further Amendment Regulations 2017, dated 11 December 2017, together with an explanatory statement.
I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.
MS BERRY: As Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, I am pleased to table the Education and Care Services National Further Amendment Regulations. The 2014 review of the national partnership agreement on the national quality agenda for early childhood education and care made a number of recommendations for changes to the Education and Care Services National Law and Education and Care Services National Regulations that were agreed by the Education Council on 31 January 2017.
The Education and Care Services National Law Amendment Act 2017 was given royal assent in Victoria on 27 March 2017. This gave effect to certain recommendations from the NQA review. I previously tabled the national law amendments in May last year.
Victoria developed the amending national regulations in two tranches. The first tranche were given effect on 1 October 2017, and were tabled previously in the Assembly. The second tranche have been developed to give effect to changes commencing on 1 February 2018. Tranche 2, the national further amendment regulations, are being tabled today. Both tranches 1 and 2 give effect to the review’s recommendations. ACECQA, along with state and territory regulatory authorities, have prepared the sector for all changes commencing from 1 October 2017 and 1 February 2018.
The national quality framework for early childhood education and care was implemented in 2012. The framework included the creation of the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations. New South Wales is the host jurisdiction for the national regulations, which are adopted by jurisdictions. The ACT adopted the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 on 9 December 2011.
The national quality framework has made significant improvement to educational and developmental outcomes for children attending services approved under the national law. The national law empowers the Education Council to review the national quality framework and propose changes to the framework, which includes the national law and regulations. Section 301 of the national law empowers the Education Council to make regulations. In 2014 the Education Council agreed to the terms of reference for a review of the national quality framework.