ISP: Inclusion Support Program
The Inclusion and Professional Support Program concluded on 30 June 2016. On 1 July 2016, the Indigenous Professional Support Unit (IPSU) was replaced by the Inclusion Support Program (ISP). Inclusion support continues to be provided through the ISP, through an Inclusion Agency, selected by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training for each state and territory.
The ISP began 1 July 2016 to replace the Inclusion and Professional Support Programme (IPSP). It is funded by the Australian Government as a key component of the Child Care Safety Net and provides support to 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.
The ISP is guided by the principles of: inclusion; equity of access; national consistency; an integrated approach; a strengths-based approach; self-sustaining and resilience of ECCC services – focussing on all children being seen as capable and contributing in their environment.
ISP provides support directly to ECCC services, however families and children with additional needs benefit through improved inclusion and capability for mainstream ECCC services to provide quality inclusive practices and address barriers to include children with additional needs. ECCC services eligible for support are:
- Australian Government Approved Child Care Services, such as private and community centre based long day care, outside school hours care, including vacation care, family day care, occasional care, and in-home care;
- Australian Government funded non-mainstream child care services (non-Child Care Benefit) such as flexible/multifunctional services, Multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s Services (MACS) and non-mainstream outside school hours care, non-formula funded occasional care (100 per cent Australian Government funded) and mobile child care services.
There is an Inclusion Agency in each state and territory. The Victorian Inclusion Agency Consortium (VIAC) is led by Community Child Care Association and delivered in partnership with Yooralla and KU Children's Services. It partners with VAEAI, FKA Children’s Services and AMES Australia. VIAC operates in nine regions across the state.
VAEAI’s role is to be a specialist advisor on matters relating to Koorie children and families. This includes the provision of training, frameworks, guidelines, and community engagement strategies and the lead role in the engagement of Koorie communities to support the consortium.
Support to the six Multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s Services (MACS) in Victoria will be provided through the ISP. These services are:
|Lulla's Children and Family Centre||Shepparton|
|Yappera Children’s Services||Melbourne|
|Bung Yarnda||Lake Tyers|
|In Venue Family Day Care|
|Black Cockatoos Playgroup||Horsham|
|Milla Milla Playgroup||North Geelong|
|Hamilton and Heywood Playgroup||Heywood|
|BADAC Koorie Playgroup||Ballarat|
How to contact VIAC