Early Years Strategy

The Australian Government is developing an Early Years Strategy (the Strategy) to shape its vision for the future of Australia’s children and their families. 

Recognising how critical the early years are for children’s development and continued success over their lifetime, the Strategy will aim to deliver the best possible outcomes for Australian children.

The Strategy will help the Commonwealth create a more integrated, holistic approach to the early years and better support the education, wellbeing and development of Australia’s children. It will seek to support improving coordination between Commonwealth programs, funding and frameworks impacting early childhood development.

The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP, Minister for Social Services, and the Hon Dr Anne Aly MP, Minister for Early Childhood Education and Minister for Youth are leading the development of the Strategy in collaboration with other responsible Ministers.

Early Years Summit

The Government will host a National Early Years Summit in February 2023.  

The Summit will bring together a range of stakeholders across the early years sector, including industry experts, sector leaders, and the voices of families, to start a national conversation on key early years issues and identify opportunities to strengthen how the Government supports young children and their families.   

Consultation and engagement

There will be many opportunities for all Australians to have their say on an Early Years Strategy, to make sure the needs of children and families are at the centre of the development of the Strategy, and all Government early childhood policy. 

There will be opportunities for a range of stakeholders and families to complete surveys, make a public submission and participate in expert roundtables. There will also be local engagement and consultation with children and families.  

This website will be updated as more details become available, and we encourage all interested stakeholders and members of the public to participate in these processes when they commence.  

If you have any questions about the Early Years Strategy, contact us at earlyyearsengagement@dss.gov.au 


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