Early Childhood Intervention Australia [ECIA] was formed in 1994 after state and territory early childhood intervention associations agreed to form a national association. It was known at this time as the Australian Early Intervention Association [AEIA]. Two members from each state or territory chapter were nominated to sit on the first National Council. The first biennial conference followed quickly with this being held in Adelaide in 1994. The biennial conference continues to be held on a rotating basis in state and territory capitals around Australia.
The change of name – from Australian Early Intervention Association to Early Childhood Intervention Australia – occurred in 1997. This was prompted by the increasing use of the term ‘early intervention’ to apply to a wide range of services for different age groups and concerns. The adoption of the term ‘early childhood intervention’ was intended to indicate that ECIA represented intervention services provided during the early years.
In addition to ECIA National Council’s support of a biennial Conference, other national initiatives of note have been the introduction of a national Early Childhood Intervention Awareness Week in August of each year. ECIA has provided valuable input and feedback in relation to the progression of early childhood intervention practices through both commonwealth and state government consultations and submissions. Collaboration with other peak bodies has led to the development of initiatives such as the Joint ECIA/ECA Inclusion Statement.