Inclusion and Professional Support Program - Transition

Frequently Asked Questions - Information for child care services

Frequently Asked Questions - Information for IPSP providers

The Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP) concluded on 30 June 2016 and was replaced by the Inclusion Support Programme (ISP) which commenced on 1 July 2016.

Information about how to access the new IS Portal and apply for Inclusion Support Programme funding is available on the Inclusion Support Portal Information webpage.

The main differences between IPSP and ISP are:

  • Increased funding support: 25 per cent increase in programme funds including the subsidy rate to engage a qualified additional educator increasing from around $17 per hour to $23 per hour and a new funding option for innovative inclusion solutions.
  • Increased flexibility: this includes allowing services to claim the additional educator subsidy for up to 25 hours per week for 52 weeks a year with daily limits being removed. 
  • Service inclusion self-reliance: a stronger focus on building child care services’ ability and confidence to include children with additional needs and relying less on ISP funding support.
  • Administrative streamlining: significant streamlining and administrative efficiencies through a reduced number of ISP service providers (from 67 IPSP regions to one organisation per state under ISP) and a more efficient IT based funding application process.
  • Closure of professional development element of IPSP: this is in line with the Productivity Commission recommendation.
  • Bicultural support continues to be available under ISP, but is accessed via a different delivery model. The funding available for bicultural support under ISP will continue to be at least at the level that has been available for bicultural support under IPSP.

Programme providers

The Inclusion Support Agencies, National Inclusion Support Subsidy Provider, Professional Support Coordinators and Indigenous Professional Support Units are no longer be available to provide support to services.
From 1 July 2016, the Inclusion Development Fund Manager (IDF Manager) and Inclusion Agencies (IAs) provide inclusion support to eligible early childhood and child care (ECCC) services.

Contact details for the IDF Manager and IAs.

Inclusion Support Subsidy transition arrangements

As per the ISP guidelines, from 1 July 2016, support to eligible services that had an approved case for the Inclusion Support Subsidy (ISS) as at 30 June 2016 will continue. The ISP will honour active ISS cases approved under the IPSP according to original approval arrangements (up to 52 weeks).

Eligible services with an active ISS case prior to the commencement of ISP will be entitled to either the Inclusion Development Fund (IDF) Subsidy for an Additional Educator or the IDF Family Day Care Top Up. In Home Care (IHC) services are not eligible for support under the new ISP. Existing IPSP Tier 2 IHC cases will be grandfathered (see updated ISP Guidelines). 

IPSP payment type IPSP rate
2015‑16
ISP payment type ISP rate
2016‑17
ISS $17.41 IDF additional educator $23.00
FDC tier 2 $9.27 FDC top up $10.20
FDC tier 1 $4.62 Not eligible -
IHC tier 1 & 2 Same as above for FDC tiers Not eligible -

There is increased flexibility under ISP that allows services to claim the IDF additional educator subsidy for up to 25 hours per week for 52 weeks a year with daily limits being removed.  Also where shared care arrangements occur the service may be eligible for an increased number of subsidised hours for an additional educator.

The ISP rates for 2016-17 commence for claims submitted for the week starting Monday 4 July 2016.

Transition arrangements

Transition arrangements developed by the department aim to allow for a smooth and effective transition for services accessing inclusion support in IPSP to ISP.

The department has issued advice about these arrangements through targeted communications to ECCC services and Transition Information Notices (TINs) to service providers.  Copies of these communications and TINs, together with the Frequently Asked Questions can be found here: