The Early Childhood Care and Development Policy Partnership (ECPP) is an Australian Government commitment to bring together governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives to develop recommendations to improve early childhood outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
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About the partnership
The ECPP enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to work in genuine partnership with governments to drive community-led, early childhood care and development outcomes.
The ECPP has been co-developed with:
- SNAICC– National Voice for our Children (SNAICC), the national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families
- Australian Government departments with responsibility across
- early childhood education and care
- maternal and child health
- child protection and families.
The Australian Government has committed $10.2 million over three years to establish the partnership. This includes resources to support SNAICC as co-chair and shared secretariat with the Department of Education.
The partnership is part of the commitment of Australian governments to the National Agreement on Closing the Gap (National Agreement). The partnership will be reviewed after three years in line with the National Agreement.
The objectives of the ECPP include to:
- identify reforms to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to achieve their potential in the early years, and to set them up for long-term success
- action priority reforms in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-led initiatives
- identify opportunities to work more effectively across governments, Coalition of Peaks and community organisations
- enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives, communities and organisations to negotiate and implement agreements with governments to support Closing the Gap.
Read more in the Agreement to Implement the ECPP.
The partnership comprises representatives from peak organisations and governments, including:
- Federal, state and territory governments
- SNAICC – National Voice for Our Children
- National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
- First Peoples Disability Network
- Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
- Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated
- Aboriginal Family Support Services
- other independent First Nations and community representatives.
The year 1 work plan summarises the agreed actions the ECPP will take to support its objectives.
In 2023, the ECPP will:
- progress initial priorities to improve early childhood care and development outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
- conduct and commission research that advances the partnership’s policy reform priorities.
- develop an Annual Report to the Joint Council on the actions of the ECPP and its progress against objectives and targets
- develop a 3-year strategic plan to bring together National Agreement priority reforms and policy areas.
Read the year 1 work plan.
The ECPP has held meetings on:
Read about the Early Childhood Package measures, which are part of our commitment to Closing the Gap.
Read more about the Australian Government’s commitments in early childhood care and development, including: