National Partnership Agreements

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On 3 February 2018, the Government announced a further $440 million for preschool education in 2019. This is in addition to the Government’s $428 million investment for preschool in 2018.

This will benefit over an estimated 348,000 children in 2019 across all preschool settings, and brings the total Commonwealth investment in preschool to $3.7 billion since 2008.

Importantly, it will provide funding certainty for preschools and long day care centres as the government implements school and child care reforms this year.

Further information is available at the following links:

History of National Partnership Arrangements

The first National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education (National Partnership) was signed by the Council of Australian Governments on 29 November 2008. Under this agreement, all governments committed to work together to ensure that all children have access to a quality early childhood education program, delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher for 15 hours per week in the year before they attend full-time school.

To progress this goal, the Australian Government will have provided over $3.7 billion in funding between 2008 – 2019 to support states and territories achieve universal access to quality preschool through these National Partnerships

Once executed, the National Partnership Agreements are available at the Council on Federal Financial Relations' website.

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 2018.

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 rates since the introduction of National Partnership arrangements in 2008.

National Report – National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education 2013-2014

National Report - National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education 2015

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.