Release type: Joint Media Release


Connected Beginnings for Tasmanian children


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
Minister for Aged Care

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Tasmania will be supported to improve their health and wellbeing to help them make a positive transition to school.

The Morrison Government’s Connected Beginnings program launches in Tasmania today at the tagari lia Child and Family Centre in the south east of the state.

The program will provide early childhood education, maternal and child health, and family support services to the Bridgewater and Gagebrook community.

Our Government is providing $21.9 million for Connected Beginnings.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the program would help ensure Tasmanian children were prepared for school.

"Every child deserves the best possible start in life, and making sure kids are ready to start learning from day one of school is a key goal of the Connected Beginnings program," Mr Tehan said.

"Because of our Government’s strong economic management we can invest in keeping Australians together without increasing taxes by $200 billion."

Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt AM said the program would help close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.

"Improving children’s health and wellbeing is a key goal of this program," Mr Wyatt said. "Connected Beginnings helps children enjoy good health, to set them on the way to academic success and a lifetime of better opportunities."