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Early Childhood Initiatives

Government Programmes, Services and Initiatives

Governments across Australia support a range of early childhood and child care programmes, services and initiatives.

Australian Government Programmes, Services and Initiatives

  • For Child Care Providers – find the latest information about requirements for childcare providers.
  • Early Childhood Workforce Initiatives – aim to support, train and retain an experienced and qualified child care and early learning workforce.
  • Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program – a child-centred programme to support the delivery of early language learning in preschool services, as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to reviving language study in Australia.
  • Early Learning STEM Australia is a play-based digital learning program for children in preschool to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) practices.
  • Inclusion Support Program – aims to promote and maintain high quality, inclusive education and care, for all children, including those with ongoing high support needs, in eligible child care and early learning settings. This is achieved by increasing the knowledge and skills of educators, and the capacity of services, through providing professional development, advice and access to additional resources and inclusion support.
  • MyChild – Australia's online child care portal for families. It provides information on different types of child care and how to get assistance with the cost of child care. Families can also search a database to find local child care centres.

Useful links to state and territory government information for educators

Information about the National Quality Framework is made available on the websites of ACECQA and the Regulatory Authority for each state and territory.

In addition to this, you will find useful links to state and territory government webpages relevant to educators below.

New South Wales

The Early childhood education and care page on the Department of Education and Communities website provides a range of information for education and care services and educators including:


South Australia

Western Australia


Australian Capital Territory

Northern Territory

Supported by the Australian Government.
© 2016 Commonwealth of Australia, unless otherwise indicated
Supported by the Australian Government.
© 2016 Commonwealth of Australia,unless otherwise indicated