Early Childhood Intervention Service


The Liberals state that the Early Childhood Intervention Service, which was at one point scheduled to be ceased in the NDIS transition, “will continue to operate alongside NDIS providers as they emerge in the market.

We will not be transitioning ECIS unless we are satisfied families will receive the same gold standard service they receive at the moment.”

TasCOSS commentary

While the NDIS rollout in Tasmania is complete, the NDIS agreement specifically excludes services provided for schooling. If the ECIS were discontinued—a possibility this policy leaves open—there would be a vacuum of support for children with a disability or a developmental delay at their schools.

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Industry Initiatives & Training

The policy is laudable insofar as it protects TasTAFE within a contestable funding market it cannot succeed within for structural reasons.

Built Infrastructure

While investment in better facilities for Tasmania’s state schools is welcome, as is the investment in early learning and years 11 and 12, it is not clear whether capital works should be the most urgent area of education expenditure for the Tasmanian Government.

School Workforce

Evidence does suggest (not always conclusively) that out-of-field teaching diminishes student results.

Access to Education

The existing scheme relies on IQ cut-offs and does not conceive of funding matched to a diversity of student needs and capabilities.

High Schools & Colleges

The policy is evidence-based, equitable, and supports a strong future for Tasmanians.