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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, to educate and train our future leaders and innovators and to deliver a skilled workforce.


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


The NSW Government has introduced a new education-based State Environmental Planning Policy.


The State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017 (the SEPP) has provisions that will make it easier for child-care providers, schools, TAFEs and Universities to build new facilities and improve existing ones by streamlining approval processes to save time and money and deliver greater consistency across NSW. The SEPP balances the need to deliver additional educational infrastructure with a focus on good design.


The SEPP aims to:

  • streamline the planning system for education and child care facilities including changes to exempt and complying development
  • make NSW the first state to bring national laws regulating early childhood education and care into a state planning system
  • bring the Department of Education into the planning process and give child care providers and developers upfront information about 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.

Video of the Child Care Planning Guidelines: Update

Watch the video spoken by Gabby Holden, Head of Early Learning Service Development, Uniting.



Page last updated: 27/06/2019