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Monday, 9 August 1999
Page: 7089


Senator Chris Evans asked the Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 17 June 1999:

With reference to the 1999 accreditation status, quality improvement and accreditation system for long day care centres: What number and proportion of long day care centres are: (a) accredited for: (i) 1 year between reviews, (ii) 2 years between reviews, (iii) 3 years between reviews; (b) working through a plan of action; and (c) in self-study, in review, in moderation or waiting for a decision by the National Childcare Accreditation Council. [Can the date be provided for the Commonwealth, with sub-totals for each state and territory, and sub-totals for private and community-based long day care.]


Senator Newman (Family and Community Services; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

These figures are based on figures provided by the National Childcare Accreditation Council. Due to the cyclical nature of the accreditation process, the information given is based on figures as at 24 June 1999.

NAT

Accreditation status (Number of years between reviews)

Community

Private

Total

1

105

484

589

2

56

180

236

3

839

1903

2742

Plan Of Action

41

227

268

Newly registered(not yet assessed)

19

290

309

Total

1060

3084

4144

NSW

Accreditation status (Number of years between reviews)

Community

Private

Total

1

27

178

205

2

21

83

104

3

333

800

1133

Plan Of Action

5

83

88

Newly registered(not yet assessed)

7

106

113

Total

393

1250

1643

VIC

Accreditation status (Number of years between reviews)

Community

Private

Total

1

28

137

165

2

16

40

56

3

205

308

513

Plan Of Action

11

45

56

Newly registered(not yet assessed)

5

68

73

Total

265

598

863

QLD

Accreditation status (Number of years between reviews)

Community

Private

Total

1

16

79

95

2

5

42

47

3

115

533

648

Plan Of Action

7

50

57

Newly registered(not yet assessed)

2

64

66

Total

145

768

913

SA

Accreditation status (Number of years between reviews)

Community

Private

Total

1

9

9

18

2

6

4

10

3

72

73

145

Plan Of Action

1

3

4

Newly registered(not yet assessed)

1

13

14

Total

89

102

191

WA

Accreditation status (Number of years between reviews)

Community

Private

Total

1

9

66

75

2

3

9

12

3

58

133

191

Plan Of Action

10

37

47

Newly registered(not yet assessed)

3

28

31

Total

83

273

356

TAS

Accreditation status (Number of years between reviews)

Community

Private

Total

1

2

2

4

2

2

2

3

22

23

45

Plan Of Action

1

1

Newly registered(not yet assessed)

1

3

4

Total

28

28

56

ACT

Accreditation status (Number of years between reviews)

Community

Private

Total

1

4

11

15

2

1

2

3

3

22

28

50

Plan Of Action

2

4

6

Newly registered(not yet assessed)

2

2

Total

29

47

76

NT

Accreditation status (Number of years between reviews)

Community

Private

Total

1

10

2

12

2

2

2

3

12

5

17

Plan Of Action

4

5

9

Newly registered(not yet assessed)

6

6

Total

28

18

46

At 24 June 1999 there were: 360 centres awaiting review; 163 centres in moderation; 197 centres awaiting a council decision.

The Quality Improvement and Accreditation System is a system that both accredits centres and encourages a process of constant self-improvement. Therefore, centres are encouraged to constantly review and evaluate their child care practices and to institute plans for improvement.

714 centres are due to submit formal self-study reports to the National Childcare Accreditation Council in the period July to December 1999.