Australian Friends of the Hebrew University introduced HIPPY to Australia in 1997. The first HIPPY program, delivered by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, commenced in Fitzroy in 1998. The Brotherhood has sub-licence arrangements with other not-for-profit organisations to deliver the program to selected communities across Australia. In 2008, the Australian Government committed $32.5 million over six years to roll-out the program to 50 communities nationally and support around 3,500 families. In 2011, the government committed a further $55.7 million for these sites and an additional 50 new sites with a particular focus on Indigenous communities. The program supports families from a range of diverse cultural backgrounds. HIPPY’s aims are consistent with key early childhood education policy initiatives across Australia and reflect the Australian Government’s commitment to achieve better early childhood outcomes for all Australians.
|Marian Pettit, National Manager||HIPPY Australia
Level 1, 219 Johnson Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
|Phone: (03) 9445 2478
Facsimile: (03) 9445 2499