The amended Children's Services Act commences on 17 May 2020.
The Victorian government is progressing reform of the Children's Services regulatory regime to align it with the National Quality Framework (where appropriate). Learn more about Reform of Children’s Services Law.
Register of services
For the latest copy, see
Victorian Children's Services Act Register (xlsx - 108.95kb)
For services that operate under national law, see
National Quality Framework.
Training and qualifications
For a person to work as a staff member in a licensed children's service they must satisfy minimum training requirements:
A current list of approved qualifications for minimum trained staff members employed in licensed children's services can be found in the Victorian Government Gazette No. 69.
If your qualification does not appear in the Schedule you can apply to have your qualification assessed for equivalence. For more information, see
Assessment of qualifications for equivalence.
Services that transitioned to the National Quality framework should access the relevant approval forms from
Approval and certificates.
Applications for a licence to operate a Children's Service under the Victorian Children's Services Legislation:
Complaints and incidents
Fees and penalties
Licensing fees and penalties are prescribed in units under the
Children’s Services Act 1996 (the Act) and Children's Services Regulations 2009 (the Regulations) and are updated each year from 1 July.
The Treasurer announces the new amount for fee and penalty units in April of each year.
For more information, see:
From 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019:
- a fee unit is $14.45
- a penalty unit is $161.19
From 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020:
- a fee unit is $14.81
- a penalty unit is $165.22
To view the 2019-20 fee amounts, see:
Make sure you include the correct fee with your application, otherwise it may delay your application or it may be returned to you.
If you do not comply with the Act and Regulations, you may be prosecuted in court. If you are found guilty, you may have to pay a penalty up to the maximum penalty unit amount listed in the Act and Regulations.
To view the 2019-20 penalty amounts, see:
These fact sheets, guides and practice notes do not constitute legal advice. You should determine your own obligations under the legislation and, if necessary, seek legal advice to find out how the legislation may apply to your situation.
Practice notes are policy information sheets that are designed to assist children's services by setting out the Department's approach to the requirements of the
Children's Services Act 1996 and the
Children's Services Regulations 2009.
Behaviour guidance practice note series