The AEU today welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s decision to support the Early Childhood Intervention Service (ECIS) until 2020.

Helen Richardson, the AEU Tasmanian Branch President, said the decision was welcomed because ECIS helped transition children into schools and provided important support to parents and carers.

“I am very pleased with the Government’s decision to continue to support ECIS,” said Ms Richardson.

“The program is essential in supporting children with disability, and their parents or carers, in their education.

“ECIS is critical to support children with disability make a transition into school. It also helps support children who have complex needs go to school at an earlier age, and helps to guide their parents or carers.”

ECIS was under threat of closure due to the transition to the NDIS. The AEU and other stakeholders lobbied the State Government to continue support for the program.

“We are pleased that the State Government has listened to the concerns of educators and parents and has secured its future until 2020,” said Ms Richardson.

Further information:

Molly Frankham, AEU Communications Advisor, 0437 374 125 or email

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