Phone 1800 129 606 or (08) 8234 5219

About the Program

About the Program Submitted by admin on Fri, 06/24/2016 - 19:24


Gowrie SA is the Inclusion Agency for South Australia commencing 1 July 2016 until 30 June 2019.


The Inclusion Support Programme is funded by the Australian government to build the capacity of eligible early childhood and child care services to include children with special rights within mainstream services. The Programme brings together inclusion for children with diverse needs and backgrounds. 

If you would like to know more about the Inclusion Support Programme, go to:

View our brochure


A quick guide to our processes (click to enlarge):




For services requiring support:

First step:

  • You will need to complete a Request for Service form for any children attending your service requiring inclusion support
  • Return the completed form to, and it will be processed by our Placement Officer
  • An Inclusion Profesional will then make contact with you to discuss your inclusion support needs.

Please note: Request For Service form must be completed by the eligible early childhood education and care service or organisation.


Second step:

  • You need to have an AUSkey (view step-by-step instructions on how to obtain an AUSkey here)
  • Please monitor your inbox for an activation code, (you will receive an email from the DSS with the title 'Department of Social Services User Account Activation Code'). This is used as a one-off proof of record of ownership the first time you access the portal.

Third step:

In order for your service user to be provisioned you will need to check the following: ​

  • Ensure that contact, authorised personnel and email details are correct within PEP
  • Ensure details are updated with your software provider (i.e. Spike, Qikkids).


Fourth step:

​Contact Gowrie SA Inclusion Team and provide us with your:

  • Service name
  • User name

Gowrie SA will provision the first authorised user from your organisation or service to access the Inclusion Support Portal.


Frequently Asked Questions Document 


Inclusion Agency Updates:

Gowrie SA have employed 25 Inclusion Professionals, three based regionally in the mid North, Millicent and Eyre Peninsula, and three Team Leaders and a Program Leader.  We also have employed an Inclusion Professional - Consultant who provides support and guidance to build knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services and protocols.

Our Inclusion Professionals are providing support, advice and strategies to include each and every child within eligible ECCC services and build the capacity of educators to provide inclusive practice where all children have equitable opportunities to participate with their peers.

We have had over 1000 new Requests for Service from services, covering a vast area of South Australia;

Metropolitan - Central

Metropolitan - Northern

Metropolitan - Southern

Regional - Eyre and Western

Regional - Far North and APY Lands

Regional - Limestone Coast and Kangaroo Island

Regional - Mid North

Regional - Murray and Mallee


What does Inclusion look like for your service?

  • What are some of the strengths that the children and families you work with bring?
  • How do you acknowledge and build on these strengths?
  • What are some of the challenges that children and families face that affect children’s learning?
  • How do you acknowledge and respond to these challenges?
  • How does your philosophy show a commitment to equity and respect for diversity and difference?
  • How do you acknowledge and support children’s and families’ rights?


Does your service support?

  • Equal participation 
  • Acknowledgment and respect for individuals
  • Adaptations to the environment to promote equal access
  • Shared goals
  • Sense of belonging and connection within the community 


See alsoHow to become Inclusion Ready


If you need additional support with the inclusion of children in the environment, please email or phone our Inclusion Agency:

Gowrie SA

39a-43 Dew Street Thebarton SA 5031


Ph: 1800 129 606