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 Fact Sheet – General Information

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 2015, HIPPY will be operating in 100 locations across Australia, targeting around 2350 children (aged four years old) each year.

2014 Community Selection Process

A community selection process is currently underway to identify the remaining 25 new locations to commence delivery in 2015.

Community Nominations have been assessed and the following shortlist of 31 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focused communities will progress to the next stage of the community selection process, the community information sessions.

Shortlisted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for information sessions in 2014.
State Communities
NSW Goonellabah and Surrounds
NSW Kempsey
NSW Nambucca and Surrounds
NSW Taree
NSW Walgett
NSW Wyong and Surrounds
QLD Bamaga and Surrounds
QLD Cairns South
QLD Cherbourg
QLD Deception Bay
QLD Doomadgee
QLD Hope Vale – Cooktown
QLD Mornington Island
QLD Thursday Island
WA Broome
WA Bunbury – Collie
WA Derby
WA Fitzroy Crossing – St George Ranges
WA Kalgoorlie – Boulder
WA Midland and Surrounds
WA Port Hedland – South Hedland
VIC Mooroopna and Surrounds
VIC Whittlesea
SA Port Augusta
NT Darwin North
NT Maningrida
NT Milingimbi – Ramingining
NT Tennant Creek
NT Tiwi Islands
NT Wadeye
TAS Brighton

Information sessions will be held in each of the shortlisted communities and will be led by the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL)/HIPPY Australia and are expected to commence in June 2014. Details regarding these sessions will be available on the HIPPY Australia website shortly.

A final list of 25 new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focused communities is expected to be finalised in September/October 2014.  Following this announcement, a separate competitive process will then be conducted by BSL/HIPPY Australia to select programme providers to deliver HIPPY in the selected communities.

These 25 new communities will commence programme delivery in early 2015.

Community Expressions of Interest 2013

The following 25 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focused communities to progress were selected in 2013 to have HIPPY delivered in their community from 2014.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities selected in 2013 to have HIPPY delivered in their community from 2014.
State Communities
NSW Albury/Wodonga
NSW Armidale
NSW Broken Hill
NSW Moree
NSW Orange
NSW Raymond Terrace/Port Stephens
NSW Wellington
NSW Willmot/Shalvey/Emerton/Hebersham
QLD Bundaberg
QLD Burdekin
QLD Hervey Bay
QLD Palm Island
QLD Toowoomba
QLD Upper Ross
QLD Warwick
WA City of Armadale
WA City of Gosnells
WA East Kimberley
VIC East Gippsland
VIC Latrobe Gippsland
VIC Mildura
SA City of Onkaparinga
(Aldinga Beach/Christie Downs/Morphett Vale/Hackham West/Huntfield Heights/Noarlunga Downs)
SA Murray Bridge
SA Riverland
NT Palmerston
NSW Albury/Wodonga

Further information is available on the HIPPY Australia website about these communities.

Want to know more?

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