About the program

Connected Beginnings is a program that is jointly delivered by the Department of Health and Aged Care and the Department of Education.

Connected Beginnings aims to improve education, health and develop outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

The program focuses on ensuring that early childhood services all work together to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families use the services they need. These services include:

  • early childhood education and care services
  • maternal and child health services
  • family support services
  • preschools
  • schools
  • councils and government agencies.

Connected Beginnings fund 14 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and Aboriginal Medical Services in the following locations:

State Location

NSW

Doonside

NSW

Mount Druitt

NSW

Taree

NT

Alice Springs

NT

Angurugu

NT

Galiwin’ku

SA

Ceduna

SA

Port Augusta

QLD

Doomadgee

VIC

Mildura

TAS

Bridgewater/Gagebrook

WA

Kalgoorlie

WA

Derby

ACT

Canberra

The program forms part of the first Commonwealth Closing the Gap Implementation Plan. It aims are to contribute to achieving Outcome 4, that children thrive in their early years, under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

Program expansion

In 2021, the Australian Government provided an additional $37 million to the Department of Health and $42.8 million to the Department of Education to expand the Connected Beginnings Program to a minimum of 50 sites by 2025.

We are working in partnership with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) on the delivery of the health component of the Connected Beginnings program.

More information

Read about the funded component of the program on the Department of Education website.

Connected Beginnings
Last updated: 
5 July 2022