Release type: Media Release


Helping children of all abilities access the benefits of early education


The Hon Dr Anne Aly MP
Minister for Early Childhood Education
Minister for Youth

The Albanese Government is investing resources to help children with additional needs access and participate in quality early childhood education and care.

Minister for Early Childhood Education Dr Anne Aly announced today $21.2 million funding for the Government’s Inclusion Support Program, helping address participation barriers to quality early childhood education and care.

The Inclusion Support Program assists education and care services provide and embed practices into their early learning programs for all children, including those with additional needs.

“All children should be able to access the transformative benefits of early learning,” said Dr Aly.

“We know quality early childhood education and care particularly helps children with additional needs reach their full potential. 

“The Inclusion Support Program plays an important role in giving our children who experience barriers to inclusion a strong start, while supporting parents to take on work should they wish to do so.

“This funding boost will help meet growing demand for the program, while also helping retain quality educators and teachers in this vital sector.”  

The Inclusion Support Program has grown by 58 per cent over the last four years, with more than 17,600 children supported by the program in 2021-22. 

A review of the Inclusion Support Program has been commissioned to ensure it’s working for the children and families that need it. The report will be provided to the Government over the coming months.