Inclusion Support Programme

As part of the Jobs for Families Child Care Package, the Australian Government is investing $1 billion (over 4 years from 2016-17) to establish a Child Care Safety Net.

A key component of the Child Care Safety Net is the $543 million Inclusion Support Programme (ISP). The ISP will commence on 1 July 2016, following the closure of the Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP) on 30 June 2016.

The ISP will assist early childhood and child care (ECCC) services to include children with additional needs by providing tailored inclusion advice and support from contracted inclusion specialists, as well as funding to support more challenging inclusion barriers.

Information relating to the closure of IPSP and transition to the Inclusion Support Programme is available on the IPSP Transition page.

Announcement of Preferred Providers

As part of his 2016-17 Budget media statement, the Minister for Education and Training has announced the Preferred Providers to deliver the ISP from 1 July 2016.  

The department will be finalising contract arrangements with the preferred providers to ensure the on-time implementation of the ISP with no gap in service delivery.

Inclusion Support Programme Guidelines

The ISP Guidelines contain information for ECCC services and other stakeholders about the programme’s objectives, types of support available under the ISP and how to access it.

New Inclusion Support Portal

The new Inclusion Support (IS) Portal is a user-friendly, simplified web-based application to facilitate ECCC’s interaction with the ISP. It provides step-by-step guidance for services to complete an online Strategic Inclusion Plan (SIP) and access funding available through all streams of the Inclusion Development Fund. The Overview of the Strategic Inclusion Plan provides information and guidance on how to complete a SIP.

Importantly, there are key requirements ECCC services must undertake before they are granted access to the new IS Portal, including obtaining an AUSkey. For further information about these requirements please read Service Communication – Inclusion Support Programme – Access to the new IS Portal for services which is available on the IPSP Transition page for child care services.

An ISP User Guide is being developed by the department and will provide detailed information on how to use the IS Portal. This guide will be available here shortly. From 1 July 2016 the Inclusion Agency will work with the service to access and use the IS Portal.

The Permission to share personal information for the purposes of ISP can be downloaded as required. This form is submitted by services where parent consent is required for various streams of the Inclusion Development Fund (IDF Subsidy for an Additional Educator, IDF Subsidy for Immediate/Time Limited Support and IDF FDC Top Up).