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What is the Early Childhood Care & Development Policy Partnership?
The Early Childhood Care and Development Policy Partnership is a shared decision-making mechanism with the Australian Government, under Priority Reform 1 of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.
The Early Childhood Care & Development Policy Partnership (ECCD) enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to work in genuine partnership with governments to drive community-led early childhood care and development outcomes. It brings governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives together to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children so that they can thrive in their early years.
Co-chaired by SNAICC and the Australian Department of Education, the ECCD includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members and representatives from all state and territory governments. Additionally, ECCD has been co-developed with SNAICC and Australian Government departments who have responsibility across early childhood education and care, maternal and child health and child protection and families.
The ECCD is accountable to the Joint Council on Closing the Gap and submits policy recommendations for the Joint Council to raise with First Ministers.
Please note: Early Childhood Care and Development Policy Partnership operates under the acronym ECCD (previously ECPP).
SNAICC has a key role in the Early Childhood Care and Development Policy Partnership as co-chair.
The ECCD develops policy and funding reforms that enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to thrive in their early years and remain connected to culture, kin and community as they grow. These reforms build on the inherent strengths and capabilities of the Aboriginal community-controlled sector, who deliver culturally safe and effective services to children and their families across Australia.
Members of the Early Childhood Care and Development Policy Partnership meet face-to-face each quarter to advance yearly priorities (outlined below). Members also contribute to broader strategic reforms aimed at the Early Childhood Education and Care and Child Safety sectors, such as the development of the National Vision for Early Childhood Education and Care, the Productivity Commission Closing the Gap Report and the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Early Childhood Education and Care.
Quarterly meeting outcomes
The outcomes of each quarterly ECCD meeting are published on the Department of Education website and download links are provided below.
Engaging with the ECCD
The ECCD welcomes requests to collaborate from government and non-government stakeholders who share the understanding that investing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination is the key to transforming the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait children and their families.
To contact the ECCD co-secretariat about an engagement opportunity, please email ECCDpolicypartnership@education.gov.au with your contact details and a short summary of your organisation’s opportunity.
Please read the ECCD Engagement Criteria for more information on its role and priorities.
Read the official agreement to implement the Early Childhood and Development Policy Partnership.Download
The National Agreement's Priority Reform One commits governments to new formal policy partnerships and place-based partnerships where decision making on Closing the Gap will be shared between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives. Read the Fact Sheet here.Download
Year 1 work plan report summarises the agreed actions the ECCD will take to support its objectives, which include progress initial priorities to improve early childhood care and development outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.Download
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