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Inclusion Support Subsidy

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Julie Hickman
57 Oleander Drive

Total Signatures - 63

Sponsoring Member: Lisa France MP

Posting Date: 15/04/2013

Closing Date: 5/08/2013

Tabled Date: 6/08/2013

Responded By: Hon John-Paul Langbroek MP on 3/09/2013

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House to the change in application by the Federal Government of the Inclusion Support Subsidy, leading to reduced funding to support the participation of disabled and additional needs children in a kindergarten program as part of their day care.  The subsidy is often used by day care services, especially for higher needs children, to employ an aide to assist with the child's functioning and interaction with other children. Without this necessary funding, day care services will have to turn away children from their kindergarten program. The effects of this decision will be disastrous for Queensland families and will severely undermine equity of access to a quality early childhood education.


Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to urge the Federal Minister for Early Childhood and Childcare, the Hon Kate Ellis MP, to immediately reverse this decision and reinstate Inclusion Support Subsidy funding for this purpose.