Connected Beginnings aims to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children in areas of high need, be well prepared for school by supporting Indigenous pregnant women, and Indigenous children from birth to school age. Over time it is anticipated the program will contribute to reducing the difference in school readiness and education outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.
Each year around $12 million is available to integrate early childhood, maternal and child health, and family support services with schools in a selected number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities experiencing disadvantage.
Consultations and a range of important information, such as Australian Early Development Census data, were used to identify communities of high need and levels of vulnerability.
The Connected Beginnings Program includes initiatives that will:
- provide outreach and support so more Indigenous families get involved in early childhood services
- bring early childhood and health services together so Indigenous families have a place in their community for these services
- improve sharing of information, so families only have to tell their story once.
While Connected Beginnings is about improving outcomes for Indigenous children, non-Indigenous families may also benefit where they access the services in the identified locations.
Connected Beginnings projects
The program will be available to a number of Indigenous communities. The Department will invite one organisation in each approved location to lead the implementation of integration activities in that area. As projects are approved details will be available on this web page.
The Connected Beginnings projects currently underway are listed below.
|Location||Grant recipient||Lead agency|
|Alice Springs NT||Northern Territory Department of Education||Braitling Primary School|
|Tennant Creek NT||Northern Territory Department of Education||Tennant Creek Primary School|
|Galiwin'ku NT||Shepherdson College NT||Shepherdson College|
|Angurugu NT||Northern Territory Department of Education||Angurugu School|
|Doomadgee QLD||Save the Children Australia||Dumaji Children and Family Centre|
|Ceduna SA||South Australian Department for Education and Child Development||Ngura Yadurirn Children and Family Centre|
|Port Augusta SA||Uniting Country SA Limited||Uniting Country SA Limited|
|Mildura VIC||Mildura Primary School||Mildura Primary School|
|Doonside NSW||Growing Potential Limited Trading as Children First||Ngallu Wal Aboriginal Child and Family Centre|
|Mount Druitt NSW||Ngroo Education Incorporated||Ngroo Education|
|Kalgoorlie WA||Wanslea Family Services Incorporated||Wanslea Family Services|
|Bridgewater/Gagebrook TAS||Tasmanian Department of Education||Tagari Lia Child and Family Centre|
|Taree NSW||NSW Department of Education||Taree Public School|
|Derby WA||World Vision Australia||World Vision Australia|
|Bourke NSW||Bourke & District Children’s Services||Bourke & District Children’s Services|
- Connected Beginnings Program Guidelines
- Connected Beginnings Grant Agreement template
- Child Care Safety Net
Further information on Connected Beginnings can be found on the Department of Health’s website.