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Programs

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Connected Beginnings

Connected Beginnings is an Australian Government grants program that helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children get the best start in life.

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CCCFR Expansion Program

The CCCFR Expansion Program aims to establish new early childhood education and care services in mainly remote and very remote areas to increase participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in culturally appropriate early childhood education and care.

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Early Years Support

Early Years Support is a program to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled early years services in providing high-quality, responsive, accessible and culturally strong supports for our children, families and communities.

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Our Role

Every child deserves a solid foundation in life. Our dedication to Early Childhood Development plays an important role in ensuring that all of our children receive the best possible start for lifelong learning and success.

Our work in the Early Childhood Development sector is critical in developing effective Early Years programs, services and other critical supports and ensuring that they are made available and put into practice for our children across Australia. We apply research, policy reform and sector development to raise the standard, accessibility and sustainability of culturally safe Early Childhood & Care services for children and families across Australia. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led Early Childhood Education & Care services are particularly important as they build and reinforce positive self-identity while supporting the wellbeing of children and families experiencing vulnerability in the community. The services and supports that our work develops and advocates for prioritise access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are not currently receiving – or are unlikely to receive – mainstream services and overcome many of the identified service access barriers that our families experience.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led Early Childhood Development Case Studies

From 2020 to 2021, SNAICC identified good practices in early intervention and family support programs delivered by Aboriginal community-controlled organisations across Australia.

These profiles show how Aboriginal community-controlled organisations are achieving positive Early Childhood Development outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families, keeping these children safe from harm, protecting their right to grow up within their own family and community and providing critical health and early education services.

Read the Doing It Our Way – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led early intervention profiles below.
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Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service – The Kids Team

February 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led early intervention 'Doing It Our Way' case study for the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service's The Kids Team program.

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Central Australian Aboriginal Congress – Child and Youth Assessment and Treatment Service

February 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led early intervention 'Doing It Our Way' case study for the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress' Child and Youth Assessment and Treatment Service.

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Central Australian Aboriginal Congress – Family Support Service

February 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led early intervention 'Doing It Our Way' case study for the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress' Family Support Service.

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Gumala Aboriginal Corporation – 3a Playgroups

February 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led early intervention 'Doing It Our Way' case study for Gumala Aboriginal Corporation's 3a Playgroups.

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IUIH, ATSICHS & Mater Mothers’ Hospital – Birthing in Our Community

February 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led early intervention 'Doing It Our Way' case study for the Urban Indigenous Health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane and Mater Mothers' Hospital's Birthing in Our Community program.

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Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation – Intensive Supported Playgroups

February 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led early intervention 'Doing It Our Way' case study for Maari Ma's Intensive Supported Playgroups.

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Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service – Yamani Meta Family Wellbeing House

February 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led early intervention 'Doing It Our Way' case study for Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service's Yamani Meta Family Wellbeing House.

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Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency – Aboriginal Cradle to Kinder

February 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led early intervention 'Doing It Our Way' case study for VACCA's Aboriginal Cradle to Kinder.

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Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency – Koorie Kids Supported Playgroups

February 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led early intervention 'Doing It Our Way' case study for VACCA's Koorie Kids.

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Waminda – Nabu Aboriginal family preservation and restoration program

February 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led early intervention 'Doing It Our Way' case study for Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation's Nabu Aboriginal family preservation and restoration program.

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Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service – Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program

February 2022

Early intervention program profile for Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service's Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program.

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Resources

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Funding Model Options for ACCO Integrated Early Years Services Final Report

May 2024

Funding Model Options for ACCO Integrated Early Years Services Final Report presents findings and recommendations so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have access to high-quality, culturally safe ECEC services that meet their developmental and wellbeing needs through needs-based funding model options that support the viable operation of ACCO early years service providers.

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SNAICC 2024-25 Pre-budget Submission to the Australian Government

February 2024

In SNAICC 2024-25 Pre-budget Submission, we call on the Australian Government to bring to life the commitments they have made through the National Agreement on Closing the Gap by investing in the policy reform, programs and structural change needed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families to heal and to thrive.

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Family Matters Report 2023

November 2023

Family Matters Report 2023 shows that child protection systems continue to fail Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, with the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children entering out-of-home care continuing to rise, exposing them to ongoing harm and trauma. This report highlights, in particular, Aboriginal-led solutions to what is working best for our children and communities.

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Family Matters Report 2023 Report Card

November 2023

The Family Matters Report 2023 Report Card shows the jurisdictional progress being made on the four Family Matters Building Blocks.

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Family Matters Report 2023 Data Snapshot

November 2023

Family Matters 2023 Report Data Snapshot shows key data from Family Matters 2023 Report and calls for investment in community-led solutions to eliminate the over-representation of our children in out-of-home care. 

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Kids Come First: The Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisations Leadership Transition Framework

August 2023

Kids Come First: The Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisations Leadership Transition Framework is designed to assist leaders in Connected Beginnings communities. The framework aims to guide the transition of the Connected Beginnings backbone role from non-Indigenous organisations to ACCOs where there is agreement and support from the community.

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Agreement to Implement the Early Childhood Care and Development Policy Partnership

August 2023

Agreement to Implement the Early Childhood Care and Development Policy Partnership. Partnership Agreement to improve outcomes under Closing the Gap for Early Childhood Care and Development established by the Joint Council on Closing the Gap under the Authority of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

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Early Childhood Care and Development Policy Partnership: Year 1 Workplan Summary

May 2023

Early Childhood Care and Development Policy Partnership: Year 1 Workplan Summary identifies 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.

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Family Matters Data Snapshot 2022

November 2022

Data snapshot on the Family Matters 2022 annual report.

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Family Matters Report 2022

November 2022

Family Matters Report 2022 is the third to be published following the development of the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap and, on the 25th Anniversary of the Bringing Them Home Report, most recommendations remain unrealised.

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Discussion paper: Developing a Western Australian 10 Year Roadmap to address the over-representation of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care

October 2022

Discussion paper on the development of WA Roadmap to address the over-representation of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care.

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Guiding Principles of the Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisations Leadership Transition Framework

September 2022

Excerpts from the draft of the Leadership Transition Framework with consultation with Aboriginal people and Connected Beginnings sites.

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