Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP)

Up to $100 million per year is available for projects that promote and maintain high quality education for all children in eligible early childhood education.


The Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP) is a component of the Australian Government’s Child Care Services Support Program. It is integral to implementing and supporting the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed National Quality Framework. The IPSP has four Program Elements that operate in an integrated way to support Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services to provide quality inclusive environments.

IPSP objectives

The objectives of the Inclusion and Professional Support Program are to promote and maintain high quality, inclusive education and care for all children in eligible early childhood education and care settings. This is achieved by increasing the knowledge and skills of educators, and the capacity of education and care services, through providing professional development, advice and access to additional resources and support.

This includes:

  • professional development and workforce development that enhances the quality of ECEC services;
  • access to a range of resources that educators need to provide care for all children;
  • support to access additional educators or carers when required;
  • flexible programs that support eligible ECEC services to be responsive to the needs of all children;
  • good practice and continuous improvement in service delivery; and
  • the readiness of ECEC services to become more inclusive.


The Inclusion and Professional Support Program comprises two main types of support – inclusion support and professional support:

 Inclusion Support

  • improves access and inclusion for children with additional needs. This support is provided:
  • by Inclusion Support Agencies (ISAs);
  • by the National Inclusion Support Subsidy Provider (NISSP); and
  • through access to the Inclusion Support Subsidy and Flexible Support Funding.

 Professional Support

  • raises the quality of the education and care provided in ECEC settings. This support is provided by:
  • Professional Support Coordinators (PSCs); and
  • Indigenous Professional Support Units (IPSUs).


Commonwealth Government funding for the Inclusion and Professional Support Program is in the order of $100 million per year for each year of the Funding Agreement Period. DEEWR has identified an indicative funding amount for each Program Element and Region for 2013 (see Region Profiles that form part of the RFA pack).

Expert Assistance

We have extensive experience in assisting organisations prepare large grant applications. Typically we can assist with demonstrating:

  • experience and understanding of inclusion principles, including cultural awareness and commitment to access and equity principles
  • ability to plan for and deliver ISA activities in the nominated Region
  • capacity and infrastructure to deliver ISA activities
  • relevant knowledge and service delivery experience

Contact us on 03 9005 6789 or email us to see how we can make your application more competitive.

Closing Time:   2:00pm Canberra Time, Friday, 24 February 2012

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