SRF Program

  • Speech Pathologist (pre-purchased by DET)

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity, Assessment for learning and development, Integrated teaching and learning approaches, Partnerships with professionals.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes, Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media, Children engage with a range of texts and get meaning from these texts, Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work, Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking.


    The Department of Education and Training has pre-purchased allied health support from local providers across Victoria. Providers for 2021 (by local government area) are:

    • Mallee (Buloke Shire, Gannawarra Shire, Mildura Rural City and Swan Hill Rural City): Sunraysia Community Health Services

    • Wimmera South West (Horsham Rural City, Hindmarsh Shire, Yarriambiack Shire, West Wimmera Shire and Northern Grampians Shire): Wimmera Health Care Group

    • Wimmera South West (Warrnambool City, Moyne Shire, Southern Grampians Shire, Glenelg Shire and Corrangamite Shire): South West Healthcare

    • Southern Melbourne (Cardinia City, Casey City and Greater Dandenong City): Monash Health

    • Brimbank Melton (City of Brimbank and City of Melton): IPC Health

    • Outer Gippsland (Wellington Shire): Central Gippsland Community Health

    • Outer Gippsland (East Gippsland Shire): Gippsland Lakes Community Health

    • Inner Gippsland (Bass Coast Shire, Baw Baw Shire, Latrobe City and South Gippsland Shire): Latrobe Community Health Service

    • Goulburn (Greater Shepparton City, Mitchell Shire, Moira Shire, Murrindindi Shire, Strathbogie Shire): Merri Health

    • Hume (Hume City): DPV Health

    • Moreland (Moreland City): Merri Health

    • Central Highlands (Ballarat, Moorabool, Ararat, Pyrenees, Golden Plains, Hepburn): Ballarat Community Health

    • Loddon Campaspe (Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander): Cobaw Community Health (Consortia)

    • Ovens Murray (Alpine, Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta, Wodonga): Merri Community Health Services

    • Barwon(Greater Geelong, Colac Otway, Surf Coast, Queenscliffe : Barwon Health

    • Western Melbourne (Hobsons Bay, City of Melbourne, Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong, Wyndham): Cohealth

    • North East Melbourne(Banyule, Darebin, Nilumbik and Yarra): Banyule Community Health

    •  North East Melbourne (Whittlesea): DPV Health

    • Outer Eastern Melbourne (Knox, Maroondah, Yarra Ranges):  EACH

    • Inner Eastern Melbourne (Boroondara, Manningham, Monash, Whitehorse): Carrington Health (Nillumbik Community Health Service - Lead Agency) in partnership with Access Health & Community

    • Bayside Peninsula (Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston, Port Phillip, Stonningham): Star Health Group

    • Bayside Peninsula (Frankston, Mornington Peninsula): Peninsula Health

    Speech pathologists, using an approach that builds on existing skills and knowledge, work with kindergarten teachers, parents and families through provision of group training, case consultation and other discipline-specific services to enhance and support children's communication, language and social development.

    Speech pathologists procured by the Department will be Hanen-trained, or will be provided with training in the Hanen approach to coaching and modelling.

    Details of this support, including scheduling, will be negotiated between allied health providers and kindergarten services.

    Detailed Costs

    A portion of a service's school readiness funding may have been allocated to provide this allied health support. This allocation will cover a particular level of service, depending on the service's total funding allocation.

    Services with a total funding allocation below $5000 will not have access to pre-purchased allied health services but can use their school readiness funding to purchase these services independently.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: early childhood educators, children and families. 

    Program/practice descriptions and details: speech pathologists provide support to educators that builds on existing skills and knowledge, including coaching and modelling, in order to enhance their confidence in supporting children's communication and language development.

    Program adaptability: services should consider, in consultation with their speech pathologist, the needs of their staff and children, and how best they may be supported.

    Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill if educators are required to engage in the case consultation and training elements of this program.

    Priority Area


    Strength of Evidence

    Professional services