Connected Beginnings sites

Connected Beginnings is an Australian Government grants program that seeks to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children the best start in life. Currently, the program supports 41 sites across Australia with 50 to be established by 2025.

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Current projects

Connected Beginnings projects have been established in every state and territory of Australia – currently a total of 41 sites.

The programs are developed and run by ‘backbone organisations’.

State/TerritoryLocationSet up
ACTCanberra2022
NSWDoonside2017
NSWMount Druitt2018
NSWTaree2019
NSWBourke2020
NSWWagga Wagga2022
NSWBroken Hill2023
NTAlice Springs2016
NTGaliwin’ku2016
NTTennant Creek2017
NTAngurugu2018
NTKatherine2022
NTNgukurr2023
QldDoomadgee (Mt Isa)2016
QldRasmussen2020
QldMareeba2021
QldMackay2022
QldEagleby2022
QldMaryborough2023
QldHervey Bay2023
QldCairns2023
QldBundaberg2023
QldRockhampton2023
SACeduna2017
SAPort Augusta2017
SASalisbury/Playford2022
TasBridgewater/Gagebrook2018
TasBurnie2021
TasGeorge Town2021
VicMildura2017
VicShepparton2021
VicWhittlesea2022
VicBallarat2024
WAKalgoorlie2018
WADerby2019
WARoebourne2020
WAArmadale West2021
WABidyadanga2021
WACentral Great Southern (Katanning)2021
WAGeraldton2022
WASouth Hedland2022

Expansion

In 2021, the Australian Government committed an extra $81.8 million to expand Connected Beginnings to 50 sites nationally by 2025.

The expansion includes:

  • a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce to employ local people
  • broader, more extensive and longer consultation and community engagement
  • increased support from the Community Partner role
  • better data collection, project reporting, monitoring and evaluation
  • a greater focus on bringing service provider organisations and community leaders together
  • increased community consultation through the site scoping and site readiness process
  • supporting participation of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations.

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If you have questions, email connectedbeginnings@education.gov.au