About Us

Who We Are

Early Childhood Intervention Australia Ltd (ECIA) is the peak national organisation promoting the interests of young children with developmental delay or disability, their families and communities. 


ECIA provides a national focus and forum for Early Childhood Intervention, promoting the public profile of Early Childhood Intervention, facilitating effective liaison and collaboration in the community and with other peak and government bodies, and fostering quality information and service provision. Services include organisation of seminars and workshops for professionals and families, and a national conference every two years, as well as advocacy activities such as development of policy positions and submissions to government.


Membership with ECIA is open to professionals working in the field of early childhood intervention, academics, students, families and carers or anyone with an interest in the care and inclusion of children with developmental delay and/or disability.


Looking to the Future - the Restructure of ECIA

The restructuring of ECIA from a state / territory based federation model to a national single entity company limited by guarantee is being implemented using project management methodologies, and an external provider, Effective Governance, has been engaged to advise and support the project.

Effective Governance is part of the HopgoodGanim Advisory Group and is the largest and oldest specialist corporate governance advisory firm in Australia. Their mission is to deliver measurable value to their clients by assisting them with their governance, strategy and risk needs. Internally the project is managed by the ECIA Manager, Business and Support Services.

The project has the full support of the ECIA National Council and its current Chapters being NSW/ACT, SA, QLD, WA and the NT.

In August 2017 ECIA VIC/TAS resigned its membership to the National body and as such is no longer a chapter member of ECIA nationally.

In November 2017 ECIA held a strategic planning weekend with 17 participants representing all states and territories, and developed a three year strategic plan which will run from 2018 - 2021. Click here for the ECIA Strategy on a Page.

In March 2018 the chapter members adopted a new constitution, and ECIA was registered with ASIC as a company limited by guarantee in May 2018. Click here to view the Constitution.

The new company - Early Childhood Intervention Australia Ltd - is governed by a Board of Directors and is seeking registration with the ACNC as a registered charity.

Membership is open nationally to any individual or organisation with an interest in early childhood intervention, and in supporting children with disability and/or developmental delay. 

Our Vision

National leadership, driving excellence and innovation in early childhood intervention for children with a disability or developmental delay, their families and communities.

Our Purpose

To inform and strengthen national policy, consumer and community understanding and professional practice in early childhood intervention, ensuring best outcomes for young children with a disability or developmental delay and their families.

How we are Organised

ECIA is a national company limited by guarantee, which has applied for registration as a charity with the ACNC. The company is governed by a Board comprising of between 5 and 9 directors. Up to 6 elected directors are representative of the sector and geographically diverse. Remaining directors are skills based and appointed by the Board. The election process is set by the Board and outlined in the Board Charter. ECIA’s Board and Chief Executive Officer, will govern and manage the organisation effectively, efficiently and sustainably, reflecting good governance practices aligned with its constitution, strategic plan, the Corporations Act 2001 and the requirements of the ACNC.


Our Location
  • Address: Level 19, 66 Goulburn Street
    Sydney, NSW 2000

  • Phone: (02) 9873 2593

  • Email: membership@ecia.org.au

  • ABN: 94 083 927 317

Business Hours

Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - Closed