Provider Approval - New South Wales


You will need this approval to provide a family day care or centre-based service for children under 13 years of age.

Family day care is an approved form of child care provided in an educator's home.

A centre-based service is an education and care service delivered at a centre and can include:

  • most long day care
  • preschool
  • outside school hours care services.

Your provider approval will enable you to apply for one or more service approvals. A service approval authorises you (an approval provider) to operate an education and care service.

This approval is nationally recognised which means that you will not need to apply for a provider approval in each jurisdiction in which you intend to operate an education and care service.

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:

  • ensure you and each person with management or control of a service operated by you are fit and proper people
  • provide details of your history of compliance or criminal history
  • have the financial and medical capacity to meet your obligations.

Applications may be made as an individual or by a business (for example: a company, partnership, incorporated entity / body, or a registered cooperative).

Further eligibility criteria will vary depending on individual circumstances. Please refer to the attached document or the application form for details.


This approval is ongoing unless it is suspended, cancelled or surrendered.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $232.00

Act(s) name

Children (Education and Care Services) National Law (NSW) 2010 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Education and Care Services National Regulations New South Wales

Lodgement process


You must create an online NQA ITS account to submit your application.

Approval time

60 days unless extended with your agreement.

Administering agency

Department of Education

NSW Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate

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:

Information and Enquiries Team

NSW Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate

Department of Education

New South Wales
Mailing address: Locked Bag 5107
New South Wales 2124
Toll Free: 1800 619 113
Fax: 02 8633 1810
Website: NSW Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate (Opens in new window)