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South Australia has one regulatory system for education and early childhood services. This is set out in legislation: the Education and Early Childhood Services (Registration and Standards) Act 2011 (SA), which incorporates the Education and Care Services National Law (South Australia).  

This work is carried out by the Education Standards Board (ESB), having been appointed by His Excellency, the Governor of South Australia, to do so.

This legislation captures community expectations and standards for all children’s services and schools, both government and non-government:

Education and Early Childhood Services (Registration and Standards) Act 2011 (SA), incorporating the Education and Care Services National Law (South Australia)Education and Early Childhood Services (Registration and Standards) Regulations 2011 (SA)Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011.

The ESB has the following key functions:

regulating the provision of education services and early childhood servicesapproving the requirements for endorsement of registration of schoolsestablishing and maintaining the registers contemplated by this Actpreparing or endorsing codes of conduct for registered schoolsproviding advice to the Ministercarrying out other functions assigned to the Board by the Minister.

As a designated state authority, we assess and recommend schools for registration on CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students) in line with Commonwealth legislation:

Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000Education Services for Overseas Students Regulations 2001.