Information on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education

The National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education aims to ensure that every child has access to a quality early childhood education programme with a focus on participation by vulnerable and disadvantaged children. The programme is to be delivered by a degree-qualified early childhood teacher for 600 hours a year, in the year before full-time schooling (often referred to as ‘preschool’ or ‘kindergarten’).

State and territory governments are responsible for ensuring the provision of preschool education. Each jurisdiction has different arrangements for regulating, funding and delivering early childhood education services. Therefore, each state and territory government is undertaking varying approaches to universal access to early childhood education.

Who do I contact for more information?

States and territories have responsibility for the provision of preschool or kindergarten in their jurisdiction. Please contact the relevant states or territory government department listed below for more information:

Who do I contact for more information?
Jurisdiction Department Name Website Phone
NSW Department of Education and Communities www.dec.nsw.gov.au 02 9561 8000
VIC Department of Education and Early Childhood Development www.education.vic.gov.au See regional office numbers on website
QLD Department of Education, Training and Employment www.deta.qld.gov.au 1800 54639
WA Department of Education www.det.wa.edu.au 08 9264 4111
SA Department for Education and Child Development www.decd.sa.gov.au 1800 088 158
TAS Department of Education www.education.tas.gov.au 1800 816 057
ACT Education and Training Directorate www.det.act.gov.au 02 6207 5111
NT Department of Education and Children's Services www.education.nt.gov.au 08 8999 5659