Working with our Communities

The Department for Education, Children and Young People is committed to working closely our communities to improve outcomes and provide greater opportunities and resources for all children and young people.

On this page you will find information about current community engagement opportunities being led by the Department for Education, Children and Young People.

Find out what is happening in your community and share your views by clicking on the topic that interests you below.

✨ Early Learning for 3-Year-Olds

In August 2022, the Premier of Tasmania announced the intention to provide universal access to early learning, in the year before kindergarten, for every 3-year-old child.

Research and evidence tells us this age is a vital time in a child’s life and an important foundation for their physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive development.

The Government’s approach to designing and implementing universal access will be co-designed with the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector, families and other stakeholders.

The Group first met in January 2023 and has been communicating with ECEC providers to establish how to best engage with all stakeholders including families and local communities.

The Group will continue to collaborate and implement with stakeholders to deliver on the aspiration of providing access to early learning for every 3-year-old.

Have your say!

DECYP invites parents, community members and services to local and online workshops to have their say on the future of quality and affordable early learning for all 3 year old’s. We want to hear your ideas about what early learning for 3-year-old’s will look like in the future.


Please indicate workshop you will be attending.


Site based workshop schedule (PDF, 174KB)

Online workshop schedule (PDF, 137KB)

Get Involved – Infrastructure projects

A significant number of education infrastructure projects are currently in planning, design or construction. These include two new schools, 10 major school redevelopments, and 6 new Child and Family Learning Centres.

We engage with students, teachers, staff and communities right across Tasmania for all major capital projects to ensure our education facilities are shaped by those who will use them.

View our Capital Works Community Engagement Strategy to find out how.

More information can be found on the Infrastructure projects webpage.

Youth Justice Reform –  proposed sites for a new youth detention facility

The Tasmanian Government announced in September 2021 that the Ashley Youth Detention Centre would close and be replaced by new fit-for-purpose facilities.

Community consultation on three potential sites for a new youth detention facility in the greater Hobart area is now open (closing Monday 17 April).

More information and details of how to get involved in the consultation process can be found on the Youth Justice Facilities webpage.