Release type: Media Release


Indigenous communities shortlisted for HIPPY funding


Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion
Assistant Minister for Education

Thirty-one sites across Australia have been shortlisted for the next round of an Australian Government-funded initiative helping indigenous communities put their children on the path to school success.

Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion today announced the candidates for the next round of 25 places under the Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY).

Ms Ley said there had been a strong response to the Government’s calls for nominations, with consultation to now begin with the 31 communities shortlisted.

“The Coalition has a clear commitment to empowering local Indigenous communities through better access to education and setting a solid foundation for future success,” Ms Ley said.

“It’s therefore great to see so many indigenous communities looking to get involved with this programme, which provides families with regular in-home support to help put their kids on the path to school success from an early age.

“These information sessions will provide an invaluable opportunity for community members who want to play an active role in shaping the future school success for local children and I wish all involved the best of luck.”

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said the Brotherhood of St Laurence and HIPPY Australia, who manage the $100 million programme, would be conducting information sessions in each of the 31 communities to help determine their suitability for the programme.

“I encourage members of these shortlisted communities to attend their local information sessions to ensure they have their say in this important decision about whether HIPPY should be rolled out in their community,” Senator Scullion said.

HIPPY, which begins in the year before formal schooling, is a two-year home-based parenting and early childhood learning programme that empowers parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher. $100 million is committed to the programme. For more information: or

HIPPY Shortlist of Communities for Information Sessions in 2014


Bamaga and Surrounds

Cairns South


Deception Bay


Hope Vale – Cooktown

Mornington Island

Thursday Island

Western Australia




Fitzroy Crossing – St George Ranges

Kalgoorlie – Boulder

Midland and Surrounds

Port Hedland – South Hedland

Northern Territory

Darwin North


Milingimbi – Ramingining

Tennant Creek

Tiwi Islands


New South Wales

Goonellabah and Surrounds


Nambucca and Surrounds



Wyong and Surrounds


Mooroopna and Surrounds


South Australia

Port Augusta