Inclusion Support Programme (ISP)

The new Inclusion Support Programme (ISP) commenced on 1 July 2016. The ISP assists early childhood and child care (ECCC) services to include children with additional needs alongside their peers, through provision of tailored inclusion advice and support from Inclusion Agencies (IA) and access to funded support and specialist equipment where required.

The ISP consists of three key elements:

  • Inclusion Agencies (IA)

    • Each state and territory has an Inclusion Agency contracted to assist eligible services to build their capacity and capability to provide and embed inclusive practice in their delivery of early learning programmes. See the full list of IA providers in each state and territory.

  • The Inclusion Development Fund Manager (IDFM)

This website provides information about the Inclusion Development Fund for IAs, ECCC services and families.

The development of a Strategic Inclusion Plan (SIP) is the first step to accessing support from the Programme, including funding through the IDF.

More About SIPs

For Services

Services can access tailored support from IAs to improve their inclusion practices and capacity to include children with additional needs alongside their typically developing peers. Find out about the supports available for services including inclusion planning and advice, funding to address inclusion barriers, and access to specialist equipment.

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For IAs

Access information and resources to assist services with developing their Strategic Inclusion Plans (SIP), assist services with identifying inclusion barriers, and if appropriate, apply for supports from the ISP such as Specialist Equipment Library (SEL) and the Inclusion Development Fund (IDF).

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For Families

Find out about how the ISP helps ECCC services to include children with additional needs by providing tailored inclusion advice and support from state-wide Inclusion Agencies. The ISP also provides funding to address inclusion barriers at the service and provide specialist equipment where required.

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