National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development (NPA IECD)

The Commonwealth and state and territory governments committed to ensuring that all Indigenous children access early childhood education programs

Page last updated: 19 December 2014

The National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development (NPA IECD) was agreed to in-principle in October 2008, by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). On 2 July 2009, the Commonwealth, States and Territories signed a revised NPA IECD to take into account the subsequent Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations and other developments in the COAG context.

The NPA IECD was managed through two Commonwealth agencies; the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), responsible for Element One and the Department of Health (Health), responsible for Elements Two and Three.

Element One: $292.6m for continuation of at least 35 Children and Family Centres.

Element Two: $107m was provided to state and territory governments to increase access to antenatal care, pre-pregnancy and teenage sexual and reproductive health;

Element Three: Commonwealth (Health) contribution to the New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services programme to increase access to, and use of, child and maternal health programmes for Indigenous children and their families. State and Territory programmes contributed $75m.

The NPA IECD concluded on 30 June 2014.
The Indigenous Teenage Sexual and Reproductive Health and Young Parent Support Programmes support Indigenous teenage sexual and reproductive health and antenatal care services previously funded through Element Two of the NPA IECD.

Reports

The first annual data report on health performance indicators (5-10) for the NPA IECD was released in August 2013 on the AIHW website.

Information regarding the new measure is available in Budget Paper #2 at Indigenous teenage sexual and reproductive health and young parent support (under I).

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