Education and Care Services National Regulations
Current version for 31 December 2019 to date (accessed 2 June 2020 at 06:51)
Chapter 3 Part 3.2
Part 3.2 Prescribed rating levels
57   Rating levels
For the purposes of section 134(1) of the Law, the prescribed rating levels are—
(a)  Significant Improvement Required;
(b)  Working Towards National Quality Standard;
(c)  Meeting National Quality Standard;
(d)  Exceeding National Quality Standard (the second highest rating level);
Note.
 The second highest rating level is referred to in section 152(5) of the Law.
(e)  Excellent rating (the highest rating level).
Note.
 The criteria for an excellent rating are determined by the National Authority. See section 153 of the Law.
58   Prescribed provisional rating
For the purposes of section 133(2) of the Law, the prescribed provisional rating is Provisional—Not Yet Assessed under the National Quality Framework.
59   Significant Improvement Required
(1)  A Significant Improvement Required rating may be given for a quality area stated in the National Quality Standard if the education and care service does not meet that quality area or a relevant regulation for that quality area in a way that the Regulatory Authority is satisfied constitutes a significant risk to the safety, health or wellbeing of any child or children being educated and cared for by the service.
(2)  If an education and care service has a Significant Improvement Required rating for any quality area stated in the National Quality Standard, the overall rating of the service is to be Significant Improvement Required.
60   Working Towards National Quality Standard
(1)  A Working Towards National Quality Standard rating may be given for a quality area stated in the National Quality Standard if the education and care service does not meet a standard in that quality area or a relevant regulation for that quality area but is not rated as Significant Improvement Required.
(2)  If an education and care service has a Working Towards National Quality Standard rating for any quality area stated in the National Quality Standard but does not have a Significant Improvement Required rating for any quality area, the overall rating of the service is to be Working Towards National Quality Standard.
61   Meeting National Quality Standard
(1)  A Meeting National Quality Standard rating may be given for a quality area stated in the National Quality Standard if the education and care service meets the standards and relevant regulations for that quality area.
(2)  If an education and care service has a rating for each quality area stated in the National Quality Standard that is Meeting National Quality Standard or Exceeding National Quality Standard but does not satisfy the requirements of regulation 62 for an overall Exceeding National Quality Standard rating, the overall rating of the service is to be Meeting National Quality Standard.
62   Exceeding National Quality Standard
(1)  Subject to subregulation (2), an Exceeding National Quality Standard rating may be given for a quality area stated in the National Quality Standard if the education and care service exceeds the standards for that quality area and complies with the relevant regulations for that quality area.
(2)  An Exceeding National Quality Standard rating may only be given for the educational program and practice quality area of the National Quality Standard for an education and care service that educates and cares for children who are in the year that is 2 years before grade 1 of school if the service either—
(a)  provides a preschool program; or
(b)  has a documented arrangement with an approved provider of another education and care service to provide a preschool program and informs parents of this arrangement.
(3)  The overall rating of an education and care service is to be Exceeding National Quality Standard if—
(a)  the education and care service has an Exceeding National Quality Standard rating for all quality areas stated in the National Quality Standard; or
(b)  the education and care service has—
(i)  an Exceeding National Quality Standard rating for 4 or more quality areas stated in the National Quality Standard at least 2 of which are among the following quality areas—
(A)  educational program and practice;
(B)  relationships with children;
(C)  collaborative partnerships with families and communities;
(D)  leadership and service management; and
(ii)  a Meeting National Quality Standard rating for each other quality area stated in the National Quality Standard.