Childcare Service Licence - Australian Capital Territory


You may need this licence if you intend to provide childcare services in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). A childcare service is a childcare centre or a family day care scheme.

If you intend to operate a childcare service that is not a childcare centre or family day care scheme, you will need to apply for a licence under the National Quality Framework.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

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 licence you must:

  • not have been involved in any offence involving dishonesty, fraud or possession of, or trafficking in, a drug of dependence or controlled drug
  • not have been involved in any offence involving a child or young person
  • be of sound financial reputation and stable financial background
  • be of good repute having regard to character, honesty and integrity
  • submit to a test or provide a reference or report showing your suitability
  • submit to an appropriate medical or psychiatric examination
  • show proven experience or demonstrated capacity in the provision of services to children
  • show any other consideration relevant to your ability to provide services for children.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Up to 3 years, however you may apply for an extension depending on individual circumstances.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for a Childcare Service Licence - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Children and Young People Act 2008 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Children and Young People Regulation 2009 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Education Directorate

Children's Education and Care

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General Enquiries

Children's Education and Care

Education Directorate

Mailing address: GPO BOX 158
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6207 1114
Fax: 02 6207 1128
Website: Early Childhood Education and Care (Opens in new window)