Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY)

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a two-year home-based parenting and early childhood programme that helps parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher.

HIPPY builds the skills of parents and carers to help prepare their child for school.

The programme also offers some parents and carers a path to employment and local community leadership.

Parents and their children enrol in the programme in the year before the child commences formal school and participate for two years. The programme activities are designed to be integrated into the daily life of the family. The first year of the programme focuses on pre literacy and pre numeracy skills. The second year extends these activities and provides parents with additional information about children's learning and development.

Each programme location is staffed by a qualified coordinator and a team of home tutors, who are usually past or current parents participating in the programme who live in the community.

HIPPY Programme Guidelines (2015-2018) have been developed to outline the arrangements for the implementation and ongoing delivery of HIPPY in the 100 communities.

What funding is available?

More than $100 million has been committed to HIPPY to support ongoing programme delivery in the first 50 locations and expand the programme to an additional 50 locations, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

The first 25 new communities were selected to commence programme delivery in 2014 with the remaining 25 new locations commencing in 2015.

From late 2015, HIPPY will be operating in 100 locations across Australia, targeting around 4000 children each year.

2014 HIPPY Community Selection

A community selection process to identify the remaining 25 new HIPPY locations to commence delivery in 2015 has now been completed. An announcement regarding the new HIPPY communities is expected soon.

Programme provider selection for 2015 locations

Once the announcement is made, a process will be conducted by BSL/HIPPY Australia to select programme providers to deliver HIPPY in the selected communities.

If you are interested in being a HIPPY provider, please go to the HIPPY Australia website.

Programme delivery in new HIPPY communities in 2014

The following 25 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focused communities were selected in 2013 and commenced programme delivery in 2014.

New Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIPPY Communities that commenced delivery in 2014

New South Wales

  • Albury/Wodonga
  • Armidale
  • Broken Hill
  • Moree
  • Orange
  • Port Stephens
  • Wellington
  • Emerton

Victoria

  • East Gippsland
  • Latrobe Gippsland
  • Mildura
  •  

Queensland

  • Bundaberg
  • Burdekin
  • Hervey Bay
  • Palm Island
  • Toowoomba
  • Upper Ross
  • Warwick

South Australia

  • Onkaparinga
  • Murray Bridge
  • Riverland

Western Australia

  • Armadale
  • Gosnells
  • East Kimberley

Northern Territory

  • Palmerston

Want to know more?

Visit the HIPPY Australia website for further information on the programme.