NSW Department of Education
Twitter: @NSWeducation

For the second year in a row The Australian Council for Educational Leaders are proud to partner with our co-presenter for this year’s conference – The NSW Department of Education. We thank the department for their support and look forward to collaboratively bringing together this important and premier conference for the Early Childhood Educational Sector.

The NSW Department of Education serves the community by leading the provision of world-class education. The department protects young children by regulating preschool and long day care providers. Once children move into school, we provide them with a world-class primary and secondary education. We also work to advance the wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

The department is the largest education provider in Australia. More than 760,000 students are enrolled in NSW public schools and we employ more than 84,000 staff.

The Early Childhood Education Directorate (ECED) monitors, supports and regulates early childhood education services in NSW. We work to ensure the delivery of quality early education for children from birth up to and including school age.

Our strategic priorities
The directorate is focussed on ensuring:

  • universal access
  • choice and sustainability
  • quality learning environments
  • support for diverse needs
  • an educational and learning focus

Who we are
Our staff are based at offices in central Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta and regional NSW locations. Through communicating and working in collaboration with a range of stakeholders and professionals who work with children in a range of early childhood education environments, we ensure the delivery of high quality services to build a better future for children. As the NSW Regulatory Authority for early childhood education services, the department of education is responsible under the National Law and Regulations, to ensure services meet the requirements to operate under the National Quality Framework. The department is also responsible for implementing and administering state-based funding to continuously improve the quality of and access to early childhood education in NSW.

Stay informed
The News and Events section can help you to stay up to date with the latest activities and developments from the department.

Early Childhood Education Directorate
Information and enquiries team
1800 619 113 (toll free)
Fax: 02 8633 1810


Twitter: @ACECQA

The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA - pronounced a-see-kwa) is an independent national authority that assists governments in implementing the National Quality Framework (NQF) for children's education and care.

ACECQA works with the Australian and state and territory governments to:

  • implement changes that benefit children birth to 13 years of age and their families
  • monitor and promote the consistent application of the Education and Care Services National Law across all states and territories
  • support the children's education and care sector to improve quality outcomes for children.

ACECQA is an independent national authority based in Sydney. It is guided by a governing Board whose members are nominated by each state and territory and the Commonwealth. The Board is accountable to the Education Council.