About the programme

On 8 May 2015, the Australian Government announced a $409 million Inclusion Support Programme (ISP). The ISP is a key component of the Government’s Child Care Safety Net and will provide support to early childhood and child care (ECCC) services to build their capacity and capability to include children with additional needs in mainstream services; providing them with an opportunity to learn and develop alongside their typically developing peers.

The ISP will commence on 1 July 2016, following the closure of the Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP) on 30 June 2016.

Programme objectives

The ISP has dual objectives to:

  • support mainstream ECCC services to improve their capacity and capability to provide quality inclusive practices, address participation barriers and include children with additional needs alongside their typically developing peers
  • provide parents and carers of children with additional needs with access to appropriate ECCC services that assist those parents to participate in the workforce.