Become an approved child care provider

This content was published on Wednesday 3 May 2023. There may be more recent updates available.

We’re making it simpler to apply to become an early childhood education and care provider.

From July 2023, prospective providers can apply for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and National Law approval in one place.

Providers need both approvals to operate an early childhood education and care service that offers CCS.

Currently, prospective providers must prepare and submit each application via separate platforms. From July, providers can submit both applications through the National Quality Agenda IT System (NQA ITS).

Applications can be assessed by state and territory regulatory authorities and the Australian Government at the same time.

The streamlined process will also apply to existing providers applying for a new service.

There will also be a new e-learning course to help applicants understand their obligations before they apply.

These changes will reduce the administrative burden on applicants and streamline assessment.

Read more about the changes to the approval process. You can also watch a short video about the changes on ACECQA’s website.

Plus, subscribe to our newsletter and join our Facebook group to stay up to date with the changes.

If you’re applying before July 2023, find instructions on the current application process.