Inclusion Support Programme (ISP)

As part of the Government's new child care package announced in the 2016–17 Federal Budget, the Australian Government has established a Child Care Safety Net.

A key component of the Child Care Safety Net is the $550 million Inclusion Support Programme (ISP). The ISP commenced on 1 July 2016, following the closure of the Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP).

The ISP assists Early Childhood and Child Care (ECCC) services to build their capacity and capability to include children with additional needs in mainstream services; providing them with an opportunity to learn and develop alongside their typically developing peers.

Managing the program

To ensure the Inclusion Support Programme is delivered consistently across the country, the Department has contracted seven Inclusion Agencies (IAs) and one Inclusion Development Fund  Manager (IDFM).

Inclusion Agencies (IA)

There is one IA for each state and territory, except for New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, which is serviced by a single IA.

Agencies will work with eligible ECCC services to assist them with increasing and improving their ability to include children with additional needs.

Inclusion Development Fund (IDF)

The IDF provides funding to assist eligible ECCC services to address a barrier to inclusion that cannot be resolved by support provided by an IA.

Inclusion Development Fund Manager (IDFM)

The IDFM ensures Inclusion Development Fund is managed fairly Australia wide. This is achieved by applying a consistent approach to assessing funding applications and communicating outcomes to services.

Information on how to contact your IA/the IDFM.

Inclusion Support Portal

The Inclusion Support (IS) Portal is a user-friendly, simplified web-based application that is used by child care services to interact with the ISP. It provides step-by-step help for services to develop an online Strategic Inclusion Plan (SIP) and apply for funding through the Inclusion Development Fund.

Accessing the IS Portal

Information on accessing the IS Portal can be found in the Inclusion Support Portal Information webpage and in the ISP User Guide.

Once access has been granted, users can log into the portal from the Inclusion Support Portal Information webpage.

Further information

Stakeholders and ECCC services can read more about the program, including its objectives and types of support available, in the ISP Guidelines.

The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents are also available:

Contact information

To contact the Department about the Inclusion Support Programme, please email: InclusionSupportProgramme@education.gov.au