Connected Beginnings is an element of the Community Child Care Fund under the Commonwealth Government’s Jobs for Families - Child Care Package. From July 2016, $20 million over two years is available for the program to support the integration of 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 so that children are well prepared for school.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
The Australian Government seeks to ensure that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have the desire and capability to participate in higher education are able to do so and are supported to succeed.
The Inclusion and Professional Support Program concluded on 30 June 2016. Information relating to the closure of IPSP and transition to the Inclusion Support Programme (ISP) is available on the IPSP Transition page.
The Australian Government is committed to achieving better results for Indigenous Australians in three priority areas - getting children to school, adults into work and building safe communities.
The Budget Based Funded (BBF) Program provides a contribution to the operational costs of approximately 300 child care and early learning and school aged care services in a limited number of approved locations. These services are predominantly located in regional, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities where the market would otherwise fail to deliver services to meet the needs of children and their families. Many are the sole providers of child care in their communities.
The Department of Education and Training offers career opportunities in a department that brings together people, policies and programs to support the Australian Government’s initiatives including access to quality and affordable early child care and childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.
The Department of Education and Training is engaging in the 2016-17 Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP) The IAGDP is an entry-level employment and development program for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are interested in working in the Australian Public Service (APS).The program is run by the Department of Employment