Carers Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide input into the Discussion Paper for the Australian Government Early Years Strategy (the Strategy). Carers Australia mirrors the view of Minister Rishworth published within the Discussion Paper, that “Every child deserves the opportunity for the best start to life; a chance to achieve their goals and dreams.” This strategy is of great importance not only to children and families around Australia, but also to the proportion of Australia’s 2.65 million carers1 that provide care to children under 5 who are experiencing disability, developmental delay or showing signs of developmental delay.