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Draft Education and Child Care SEPP


Child care and education infrastructure lays the foundations for our children’s learning from their earliest years through to their adult careers. The NSW Government is committed to providing high quality educational environments that support the learning needs of every student.


NSW needs to invest in high quality and cost-effective early childhood education and care facilities, schools, TAFEs and universities to nurture young minds, educate and train our future leaders and innovators and deliver a skilled workforce.


The NSW Government is proposing changes to the planning system to make it easier for education and child care providers to build high-quality facilities.


The NSW Government is proposing to introduce a new education-based State Environmental Planning Policy.


The proposed Education and Child Care State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) proposes changes that will make it easier for child-care providers, schools, TAFEs and universities to build new facilities and improve existing ones by streamlining the planning process to save time and money and deliver greater consistency across NSW. The proposed SEPP balances the need for delivery of additional educational infrastructure with a focus on good design.

The proposed SEPP aims to:

  • streamline the planning system for education and child care facilities including changes to exempt and complying development;
  • NSW will be the first State to bring Commonwealth Laws regulating early childhood education and care into a state planning system;
  • brings the Department of Education into the planning process early, and gives child care providers and developers information, from the beginning regarding all national and state requirements for new child care services;
  • streamline the delivery of new schools and upgrading existing facilities, with a focus on good design; and
  • assist TAFEs and universities to expand and adapt their specialist facilities in response to the growing need, and to maintain our reputation for providing world class tertiary education, while allowing for more flexibility in the use of their facilities.

How we are progressing the education SEPP


Thank you to all who have taken the time to provide feedback on the draft education and child care SEPP during the exhibition period from 3 February 2017 to 7 April 2017.


The Department of Planning and Environment is now giving consideration to the feedback received and is working to finalise the education and child care SEPP.


For more information, email: or call us on 1300 305 695. If English isn't your first language, please call 131 450. Ask for an interpreter in your language and then request to be connected to us on 1300 305 695.


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Page last updated: 17/05/2017