Closing the Gap for Indigenous Australians - Northern Territory - Playgroups 

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)

Key Elements

The Australian Government will provide $0.7 million for five playgroups to continue to service disadvantaged Indigenous families and children.

The measure also provides additional services to Indigenous parents to assist them in their parenting role.


This measure funds two Intensive Support Playgroups (ISPs) and three Locational Supported Playgroups (LSPs) in the Northern Territory. ISPs support disadvantaged families and children who are experiencing insecure or inadequate housing. ISPs deliver mobile playgroups across a number of sites with a family support worker.

LSPs are a new model established in 2007-08 which are initiated and facilitated by paid coordinators. These playgroups operate within pre-existing facilities such as child care centres, pre-schools and community health centres to encourage integration with other community services.

The ISPs and LSPs delivered in the Northern Territory are a part of a wider national program to assist vulnerable parents in their parenting role.

Ongoing operational funding for the five playgroups means around 190 Indigenous children will be helped by the continued delivery of these services in the Northern Territory. This measure ensures an integrated approach with early childhood education and care and health services.


This measure continues the funding of services established in 2007-08. Payments will be made directly to the service providers through funding agreements with the Australian Government.

Total Government Funding

The Australian Government has committed total funds of $0.7 million in 2008-09. Further activity will be informed by the outcomes of the Northern Territory Emergency Response review later this year.

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