Latest News from ECIA NSW/ACT

ISEI Conference Call for Papers opens 1 June 2018

ISEI Conference Call for Papers opens 1 June 2018

Call for Papers opens Friday 1 June 2018

The Scientific Program Committee and Local Organisation Committee of the International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) would like to invite you to submit a paper for presentation at the 2019 ISEI Conference. ISEI is seeking Abstracts addressing a wide variety of topics in the field of early childhood intervention.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Call for Papers opens: 1 June 2018

Call for Papers deadline: 1 October 2018

How do I submit abstracts?

Abstracts must be submitted online via the conference website using the abstract submission portal.

What type of abstract can be submitted?

Abstracts can be submitted as individual Papers, individual Posters or a Symposium (group of 2-3 papers). Individuals can submit one Abstract as a presenting author for an individual Paper as well as one Abstract as a presenting author for a Poster presentation. In addition to an individual Paper and/or Poster, individuals may also be part of a Symposium. All abstracts are limited to no more than 150 words. Paper presentations will be limited to 15 minutes. Please note that if there is insufficient room for a submitted individual Paper, that Paper may be accepted as a Poster. The language for all Abstract submissions as well as presentations at the conference sessions is English.


Gaps Position Paper

Gaps Position Paper

On Thursday, 26 April 2018 ECIA NSW/ACT released a Position Paper on 'Gaps'.
This ECIA NSW/ACT Position Paper has been the culmination of various discussions, consultations and two round tables with key government agencies, the ECI sector and Non-Government (NGO) representatives and makes a number of strategic recommendations addressing and highlighting key issues, concerns and possible ways forward. It reflects the issues raised by our members during the last 12 months, with the focus on historic issues regarding the interface with other government systems and the redefined role of early childhood intervention (ECI) providers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
ECIA will continue to represent our case to Government and to work with all our stakeholders to improve the opportunities for and needs of children with developmental delay and disability and their families.
Click here to view or download a copy of the 'Gaps' Position Paper.
Winners announced for the IFCP Grant

Winners announced for the IFCP Grant

The ECIA NSW/ACT Innovation in Family Centred Practice (IFCP) Grant opened on Tuesday 13th of March 2018. Members of ECIA NSW/ACT providing Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in NSW were able to apply. The closing date for applications was Monday 9th of April 2018. The IFCP Grant received an overwhelming response from the sector with a total of 18 applications received from early childhood services across NSW. There was an excellent spread of large and small organisations from metropolitan, rural, regional and remote areas of the state, and there were many excellent applications, which made the job of the assessment panel particularly challenging!

ECIA NSW/ACT is pleased to announce SDN Children’s Services, Early Ed. and Plumtree as the successful applicants. ECIA NSW/ACT would like to thank all of the applicants for the time and effort that went into each proposal, and to acknowledge your ongoing commitment to children and families in NSW.

The panel considered amongst other general criteria how well the project could be replicated or scaled, whether the project had clear aims and outcomes measures, whether it had an evidence base and whether the project was considered an innovative approach or idea.

There were 18 proposals received in response to the grant, representing and overwhelming response from the sector in a relatively short timeframe. After significant deliberation, the panel settled on four projects (one withdrew), namely:

  1. SDN: Best-practice family-centred goal setting videos
  2. Early Ed: Babies And Disability - What Families Want Others Families To Know About Early Intervention
  3. Plumtree: Innovation in Family-Centred Practice: Early Childhood Sector Development 


Winner: SDN
Project: Best-practice family-centred goal setting videos

SDN will utilise the funding to deliver a set of best-practice family-centred goal setting videos that will be readily accessible via YouTube. These videos will focus on helping families to build their skills, knowledge and confidence around setting goals in an NDIS environment. The project will enable families to develop goals that truly reflect the families’ hopes and aspirations, their child’s identified needs as well as support families to feel prepared and that they have a voice in the process.

Winner: EarlyEd

Project: Babies And Disability - What Families Want Others Families To Know About Early Intervention

The ECIA NSW/ACT grant will provide EarlyEd with the capacity to roll out phase 2 of project started in 2016 to create a family centred Framework for Supporting Babies and Toddlers Involved in Early Childhood Intervention. Not only will the outcomes of the project, the resources and framework reflect family centred practices but the project design and implementation will use a collaborative family-centred approach. EarlyEd is currently looking for:

  • Organisations that might want to participate in the project
  • Families who would like to be part of the project team
  • Families who have or have had a baby that was involved in early childhood intervention services

Contact EarlyEd by emailing: if you are interesting in joining, contributing or finding out more about the project


Winner: Plumtree
Project: Innovation in Family-Centred Practice: Early Childhood Sector Development 
The Innovation in Family-Centred Practice: Early Childhood Sector Development Project will provide a range of training options which aim to promote new approaches to:

  • Planning and vision setting for families 
  •  Focus on capacity building and decision supports for families
  • Use of peer workers in ECI organisations
Every ECIA NSW/ACT individual (professional) member and organisational member will be invited to participate in the project through selecting from a menu of training options which will be delivered throughout June - October 2018. 


Developed by Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) NSW/ACT and funded by Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC) as a legacy project, this 4 module package is intended to broadly disseminate knowledge and skills about inclusion of children with disabilities and developmental delays in early childhood education and care settings, home and the community. The package will shortly be available online and will be free of charge.

We are looking for volunteers (minimal computer skills required) who are able to come to the ECIA NSW/ACT office at Suite 607, 83 York St, Sydney for approximately 1 hour on Tuesday 8th or Thursday 10th May, to test the user friendliness and useability of our IPIP e-Learning package for our developers Alex and Kris.

Participants will be rewarded with Zumbo cakes from the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) and coffee, tea and cold drinks.

If you are interested please contact Anne Rauch, Manager Programs on to let us know which hour slot and date would suit you.

Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums

Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums

Taking place in every state and territory capital between May and August, the Symposiums are an unparalleled gathering of the best and brightest female talent. Keynote speakers for 2018 include Gail Kelly, Professor Gillian Triggs, Nova Peris OAM OLY, Jessica Rowe AM, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Katrina Webb OAM, The Right Hon Dame Jenny Shipley and many, many more.
The principal themes that will be tackled at this year’s events include:
  • Resilience within the workplace
  • Enabling women to lead
  • The power of networking
  • Being bold, being brave, being new
  • Leading through change
  • Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable.
An attendance discount of 25% is currently available by entering code ANSY18 at the time of booking (available until each Symposium sells out). For more information and to book go to
NEW ECIA NSW/ACT Website Launched!

NEW ECIA NSW/ACT Website Launched!

ECIA NSW/ACT has now launched a new website that is more intuitive, easy to use and mobile responsive!

As ECIA NSW/ACT has recently launched our new website and database, you must register your account and create a password in order to access member resources or to register for events.

More information has been sent to members via an email communication, with further instructions on how to create a new login and password.

Register your account 

To register your account, follow these simple steps:

1.       Go to

2.       Click the 'Register' button located at the top of the web page

3.       Enter the following details:

Member Code: Note: You should have received this via an email communication

First Name: Your first name here

Last NameYour last name here

Username: Choose your own unique username (between 6-50 characters).


If you require immediate access to member content or would like to register for an event and are unable to do so, please email or call (02) 9873 2593 for assistance.

Registrations for the Managers' Forum have now closed

Registrations for the Managers' Forum have now closed

The next ECIA NSW/ACT Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Managers’ Forum will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018.

The ECI Managers’ Forum will be held at the Portside Centre, Symantec House, Level 5, 207 Kent Street, Sydney.

This forum will include:

· a panel session on Work Health and Safety
· an update on the outcome of the Early Childhood (EC) Partner Tender
· discussion on the key issues, challenges and concerns around transition of Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Transition Advisors to EC Partners
· updates from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), ECIA NSW/ACT and ECIA National

Registrations for the ECI Managers' Forum have now closed.

Inclusion Symposium held on 30 November 2017

Inclusion Symposium held on 30 November 2017

The Inclusion Symposium, Partners in Practice was held on 30 November 2017 and was all about collaboration and exploring innovative ways to improve inclusive practice in the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI). The symposium had an interactive format with many opportunities for discussion and networking.

Click here to view or download the Agenda.

Click here to view or download the Program.

Click here to view or download the Program.

Click here to view photos from the event.

2017 Annual Report now available

2017 Annual Report now available

The 2017 Annual Report is now available.

Click here to view or download the 2017 Annual Report.

Click here to view or download the 2017 Financial Statements.


The major focus for ECIA NSW/ACT over the last financial year has been supporting the sector to implement the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach and transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Our commitment to inclusion has been pivotal to inform all our supports and services. With inclusion at the forefront, we have worked with the sector to build capacity, promote evidence-based practice and support services to achieve outcomes for children with a developmental delay or disability and their families in their local communities.

ECIA NSW/ACT worked actively with Ageing Disability & Home Care (ADHC) and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to achieve the outcome of the ECEI Transition Provider Approach across NSW. We proudly endorsed an approach that focused on a wide gateway, soft initial supports, referral to mainstream services and the provision of specialised early childhood intervention (ECI) as required.

We recognise the significant work and challenges overcome by our sector over the last year, simultaneously traversing the transition to the NDIS, services have continued to provide funded ECI services. ECIA NSW/ACT has continued to work with other State and Territory Chapters of ECIA and contributed significantly towards the establishment of a single ECIA National organisation that included the CEO taking on the National CEO role for a period of six months. Our Chapter is therefore presenting our last Annual General Meeting (AGM) and will be formally inviting our members to join the National ECIA organisation within the next 6 months.

"The past Board forged the importance of ECI across our state and informed best practice across our nation. We are forever indebted to all past and present Board members and to our magnificent inaugural CEO who over the last three years facilitated the growth of our organisation and has left a legacy to transition into a National model" (Susan MacGillycuddy, President ECIA NSW/ACT).


The Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 30 November 2017 following the Inclusion Symposium.

Nominations were received 8 weeks prior to this AGM for all Board positions:

President: Susan Macgillycuddy
For the position of President there was 1 nomination from Susan Macgillycuddy, who was declared as President.

Vice President: Rani Dibley
For the position of Vice President there was 1 nomination from Rani Dibley, who was declared as Vice President.

Treasurer: Sylvana Mahmic
For the position of Treasurer there was 1 nomination from Sylvana Mahmic, who was declared as Treasurer.

Non-Executive Board (6 positions)
6 nominations were received for the Non-Executive Board positions from:

  • Trish Hanna, Lifestart
  • Susan Montrose, KU Children's Services 
  • Beth Todd, Early Connections 
  • Kerry Dominish, Early Ed
  • Jenna Goalab, Shepherd Centre (ACT)
  • Alice Lans, Noah's

The (6) named above were declared Non-Executive Board members. No ballot was required as nominations received filled all outgoing vacancies.

Janelle Burke from Dubbo and Robyn Bryce from Orange both retired at this AGM; their contribution to ECI services and to ECIA in NSW over many years was gratefully acknowledged.

Treasurer Report 2017

“I am pleased to report on the Audited Financial Statements for the period ending 30 June 2017. The financial statements, audited by Flavio Meoli of Meoli & Co. Chartered Accountants are now available. ECIA NSW/ACT has had another positive financial year with a surplus of $62,047 achieved through a significant increase in membership and a successful Professional Development program, including the well attended biennial conference” (Sylvana Mahmic, ECIA NSW/ACT Treasurer).