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HIPPY help for Indigenous parents and carers

Children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will benefit as parents and carers receive Australian Government support to be their child’s first - and best - teacher.

Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley today announced the providers chosen to deliver the 2014 Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) in an extra 25 Indigenous communities.

"This programme is critical in helping make a real difference in the lives of Aboriginal families and I’m excited to see it so close to starting in so many regions," Ms Ley said.

"Rolling HIPPY out to these communities means almost 2000 four-year-old children will benefit from the programme throughout the next year."

Already operating in 50 communities around Australia, HIPPY is a home-based initiative which develops foundations for school success in the home during the crucial early years.

It also offers some parents a supported pathway to employment and local level community leadership.

"I am particularly pleased we can provide the support of HIPPY to more families in rural and regional Australia," Ms Ley said.

"The new providers I announce today have a track record of success in working with families in need. I look forward to them bringing that expertise to many more families and children as they prepare for school", Ms Ley concluded.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence delivers HIPPY for the Australian Government. More than $100 million has been committed to the programme.

For more information about HIPPY, including the list of new providers, visit


New Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIPPY Communities and Programme Providers to commence early 2014


New South Wales

Albury/Wodonga – Gateway Community Health

Armidale - Armidale Family Support Service

Broken Hill - Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation

Moree - Miyay Birray

Orange - CareWest

Raymond Terrace/Port Stephens - Port Stephens Family Support Services

Wellington - Barnardos

Willmot/Shalvey/Emerton/Hebersham - Catholic Care Social Services


Bundaberg - Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme

Burdekin - Centacare Townsville

Hervey Bay - Australian Red Cross

Palm Island - Cathy Freeman Foundation

Toowoomba - Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement Corporation

Upper Ross - NQ Community Services

Warwick - Australian Red Cross

South Australia

Riverland - Anglican Community Care

Murray Bridge - Anglican Community Care

City of Onkaparinga (Aldinga Beach/Christie Downs/Morphett Vale/Hackham West/
Huntfield Heights/Noarlunga Downs) - Anglicare SA


East Gippsland - UnitingCare Gippsland

La Trobe Gippsland - Anglicare Victoria

Mildura – To be confirmed

Western Australia

City of Armadale - Parkerville Children and Youth Care

City of Gosnells - Parkerville Children and Youth Care

East Kimberley - Wunan Foundation

Northern Territory

Palmerston - Good Beginnings