Our History

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.


Chapter History

NSW/ACT Chapter

2015 - ECIA NSW merged with ECIA ACT to form ECIA NSW/ACT. Our joint aim as part of ECIA NSW/ACT is to raise the awareness of the nature, role and importance of early childhood intervention in NSW and the ACT along with upholding other core values held by the ECIA national organisation.

ECIA NSW/ACT now provides a number of workshops each year for local and regional areas which are relevant for both families and professionals working with children who have a developmental delay or disability. We continue to liaise with and support the national body of Early Childhood Intervention Australia and provide information to the National Council on early childhood intervention services, practices and issues.

1998 - The association changed its name from Australian Early Intervention Association (AEIA) to Early Childhood Intervention Australia (NSW Chapter). 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.

1995 - ECIA Australian Capital Territory (ACT) was a small but dynamic chapter established in 1995 with the aim to provide a local forum for networking, communicating and sharing current information, philosophies and practices relating to the provision of early childhood intervention services in the ACT.

1990 - The name was changed to the Australian Early Intervention Association (AEIA). The AEIA (NSW) was formed after state and territory early childhood intervention associations agreed to form a national professional association. Two members from each state or territory chapter were nominated to sit on the first National Council.

The first biennial conference followed and was held in Adelaide in 1994. The biennial conference continues to be held on a rotating basis in state and territory capitals around Australia.

Queensland Chapter

In 1992, the Queensland Chapter was established as a not-for-profit, self-funded organisation. The Chapter's membership included early childhood educators from all sectors of the community, therapists, tertiary students, and other professionals as well as parents of children with disabilities.

The aims of the Queensland Chapter were to:
• Provide a state forum for communicating and sharing information, philosophies and practices relating to the provision of early intervention services in Queensland.
• Raise awareness in Queensland of the nature, role and importance of early childhood intervention services.
• Raise awareness in Queensland of the complimentary roles played by generic and specialist early childhood services in meeting the needs of young children with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.
• Promote a statewide approach to the training of professional development of staff involved in the provision of early childhood intervention services.

Western Australian / Northern Territory Alliance 

ECIA Western Australia Chapter was established in 1992. Membership includes allied health professionals, parents and carers, early childhood educators, teachers, inclusion support practitioners and others with an interest in the field of early childhood intervention. The executive meet monthly and members are encouraged to attend and provide input.

ECIA WA's work supports children with disability and developmental delays, and their families, as well as the networks that support them. ECIA WA provides quality professional development relevant for both families and professionals working in the field, develops resources for families and practitioners , as well as advocating on State and National issues.

ECIA WA provides a forum for networking, communicating and sharing current information, philosophies and practices relating to the provision of early childhood intervention services in WA.

ECIA WA liaises with and supports the national body of Early Childhood Intervention Australia by providing information to the National Council on early childhood intervention services, practices and issues in WA as well as supporting and enhancing the activities of the national body of Early Childhood Intervention Australia.

South Australian Chapter

The SA Chapter of ECIA began as the Early Intervention Association of South Australia in 1986 and was Incorporated in August 1987. The first National Conference was held in Adelaide in 1994 and following this a national body was formed and incorporated in April 1994 as the Australian Early Intervention Association.

The national and state bodies changed the name to Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) in 2000.

The SA Chapter of ECIA relies on representation from the key stakeholders for early intervention in this state: service providers, and interested individuals. This small state body provides representation on the National Council and facilitates networking and information sharing on current topics and innovative service provision. We welcome professionals and parents you to become a part of our small group.