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Will your service be transporting children?

2 November 2020

Education and care services that provide or arrange transport must have policies and procedures in place to safely transport children. This is to ensure children’s health, safety and welfare during transportation.

This new requirement came into effect on 1 October 2020 with the Education and Care Services National Amendment Regulations 2020.

To help keep us informed about which services offer transport, we encourage approved providers to submit a SA12 Notification of change to information about an approved service.

If your service provides transport, you are now required to:

  • have policies and procedures in place
  • undertake risk assessments
  • get written authorisations from parents/carers.

These must be updated every 12 months or whenever circumstances change.

There are also minor changes related to excursions that involve transport.

We will be checking services for compliance during site visits.

For more information, see Safe transportation of children on the ACECQA website.