Approval of Premises for the Operation of Children's Services - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this approval if you intend to use particular land or premises, construct a premises or alter or extend a premises for the operation of children's services.

You will require this approval prior to applying for a licence to operate a service that provides care and developmentally appropriate programs for four or more children under the age of 13 years in the absence of their parents and guardians. These services include operating a kindergarten or providing long day care, family day care, occasional care and outside school hours care.

This approval ensures the premises and location of the children's service will be satisfactory for children's use and that the persons who intend to operate or exercise control over the children's service are fit and proper. It does not permit the operation of the service.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this approval you must:

  • submit an application form
  • comply with conditions that may be required
  • be a fit and proper person and of good character
  • provide design sketches, construction drawings, plans or specifications relating to the premises proposed to be used, constructed, altered or extended
  • ensure the design and location of the premise are deemed satisfactory by the Agency
  • pay any required fees.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing requirements

You will need to abide by all current industry codes of practice and conform with the usual local government planning and building guidelines and practices.

The person in charge of an early childhood service must not confirm the enrolment of a child unless the child's parents have provided an immunisation status certificate about the child or be given this certificate within 16 weeks after the date of the child's first enrolment . There are some exceptions to this rule. Please contact the responsible agency for further information.


Up to five years.



Fees will vary according to service and number of places. Please refer to the attached fee schedule.

Other resources



Your application must be made to the Agency in writing and be accompanied by the relevant application fee. You must collect and provide a range of documents showing the layout, the space provided and suitability of the premises.

Approval time

Within 30 days.

Administering agency

Department of Education and Training
Early Childhood

Act(s) name

Children's Services Act 1996 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Children's Service Regulations 2009 (Victoria)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Education and Training
Early Childhood

Operating address:
2 Treasury Place
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 4367
Melbourne, Victoria 3001

Toll Free:

1800 809 834


02 9637 2000


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