Indigenous Professional Support Unit

Our aim is to support communities, staff, families and management of Aboriginal Child Care Services to provide the best possible early childhood experiences for Aboriginal children.

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What do Indigenous Professional Support Units do?

The Indigenous Professional Support Unit (IPSU) NSW and ACT, is a program managed by Gowrie NSW and funded by the Australian Government through the Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP).

IPSUs provide professional development and support to eligible Indigenous education and care services. IPSUs also work with the Professional Support Co-ordinators and Inclusion Support Agencies to respond to current and emerging needs.

IPSUs perform the same role as Professional Support Co-ordinators except they work with eligible Indigenous-run education and care services.

The IPSU supports the Professional Support Co-ordinators and ISAs to provide culturally appropriate advice and support to education and care services who employ Indigenous staff and/or care for Indigenous children.

Visit the IPSU NSW/ACT website for more information

Engaging with Aboriginal Communities and Making Connections with
Aboriginal Communities


These two documents were produced by the NSW/ACT Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP) to increase the inclusion of Indigenous children and families accessing eligible early childhood education and care (ECEC) services and/or for ECEC services to engage with the local Aboriginal community. These resources were produced as a tool for Inclusion Support Facilitators (ISFs) to use when assisting educators in building their capacity when working with Aboriginal communities.

The resource consists of two sections:

The first, “Making Connections with Aboriginal Communities” contains a number of questions to initiate a process of reflective practice. It aims to challenge educators to consider the depth of, and any gaps in, their knowledge and current practice.The second part of the resource, “Engaging with Aboriginal Communities. Where do we start?” contains resources and ideas for answering the questions posed. It encourages educators to make those important connections with the Aboriginal community and families.

PLEASE NOTE: When using these two documents (either separately or together) please be respectful and acknowledge the source.