Expansion of playgroups for Indigenous families 


Portfolio: Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs


Why is this important?


  • Playgroups provide parents, grandparents and caregivers with opportunities to share ideas and experiences while their children interact and further develop their social skills through play. Supported playgroups provide additional assistance for vulnerable families in areas such as parenting, health, safety and wellbeing.
  • The Australian Government will expand access to playgroups for vulnerable Indigenous families by increasing the number of supported playgroups and further strengthen the effectiveness of the nine existing Intensive Support Playgroups. This builds on the Government's plan for Indigenous children.

Who will benefit?


  • Over 6000 Indigenous children and their parents and caregivers will benefit from access to expanded playgroup services. Benefits include improved access to play-based early childhood development opportunities and improved parenting support for Indigenous families.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?


  • The Australian Government will provide $13.8 million over four years.

What have we done in the past?


  • This measure builds on the Government's overall Playgroups Programme, which delivers
$22.5 million over four years to support over 100,000 families across Australia using Community, Supported and Intensive Supported Playgroups.

When will the initiative conclude?


  • This is an ongoing initiative.

Content Updated: 23 May 2012