National Partnership Agreements

National Partnerships

The first National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education was signed by the Council of Australian Governments on 29 November 2008. The 2020 National partnership brings the total Australian Government funding made available to states and territories to $4.2 billion.

The following agreements are available for viewing:

Data Collection

The annual National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection is the primary data source for the measurement of achievement of benchmarks and monitoring of progress under the National Partnerships. It is published annually. The next data collection will be published in March 2020.

National Reports

National Reports summarise national and state achievement against the performance benchmarks of the National Partnership Agreements on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education. The reports are compiled by the Commonwealth Government. The National Reports highlight steady improvements in preschool participation since 2008.

Review of the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education

The Review of the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education was undertaken in 2014. The purpose of the review was 'to assess the degree to which the agreed objectives and outcomes and/or outputs have been achieved, and to inform decisions regarding the appropriate treatment following its expiry'.

A copy of the review can be found on the Education Council Website.