HIPPY help in Durack
November 4, 2013
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Durack will benefit from early next year when their
parents and carers receive extra Australian Government support to be their child’s first - and best -teacher.
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price announced that the Wunan Foundation has been chosen
to deliver the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) to Indigenous families
in the local community.
“This programme gives parents of four year old children the skills and confidence to be their
youngster’s first teacher,” Ms Price said.
“It’s designed to help ensure these young children in our community are prepared with basic
reading, writing and maths skills so they can make the move to primary school as successfully as
“The programme recognises the very important role parents can play in ensuring their child gets a
great start to their education.”
Already operating in 50 communities around Australia, HIPPY is a home-based initiative which
develops the foundations for school success in the home during the crucial early years.
It also offers some parents a supported pathway to employment and local level community
“I congratulate the Wunan Foundation on being chosen to deliver HIPPY to local families and I look
forward to seeing the results of their great work in helping to get more of our local kids ready for
success at school from day one,” Ms Price said.
More than $100 million has been committed to HIPPY nationally.
For more information about HIPPY, including the full list of new providers, visit