Children in their first 1,000 days of life working group will develop innovative strategies to drive better child development outcomes for children. This focus builds on the evidence that shows the significance of the first thousand days of life in setting up a child’s future development, and of the urgent need to reform our policies, practices and systems in response. It will encourage investment and collaboration by government, philanthropy, corporates and communities on strategies focused on child development and parent capacity; and provide policy advice to promote cross-sector partnerships to improve outcomes for children and families.
“The first 1000 days of life working group understands that what happens in the early years of a child’s life can have an indelible impact on their future, and their contribution to the community.
We want to work with the Australian people to develop innovative strategies to drive better child development outcomes for all our children in their first 1000 days of life. This can only be done through strategic investment and cross-sector partnerships between government, philanthropy, corporates and communities. Together, we can help our kids thrive and realise their full potential.”
The Working Group will identify innovative and scalable ways to improve the life outcomes of Australia’s children, including in the following priority areas:
- Encourage a greater focus on investment by governments, business, philanthropy and the community sector in strategies that focus on parent capacity and the first 1,000 days of a child’s life
- Encourage increased and long term collaboration between governments and non-government partners on innovative service delivery models, and
- Work with relevant government and non-government bodies to address structural issues that may limit the scaling of effective initiatives.
The Partnership will take account of research, current government programs, international strategies and trends, data on child development and feedback from the community in their deliberations.
The working group will engage with a variety of stakeholders and may consult external experts to inform discussions and convene sub-working groups to consider specific issues in depth and report back.
In April 2018 the Partnership provided a Background Policy Paper: First 1,000 days of a child’s life to the Government for consideration. The Policy paper can be found below:
- Background Policy Paper: First 1,000 days of a child’s life [PDF 933 kb]
- Background Policy Paper: First 1,000 days of a child’s life [WORD 218 kb]
Convenor: Mr Michael Gonski
Members: Mr Tony Stuart, Ms Colleen McGann
Partnership Chief Convenor, Ms Nicola Forrest, is also a member of this working group