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funding through DSS

Funding is available through The Department of Social Services. Speechcare is a member of the Early Intervention provider panel and eligible clients can claim their funding through Speechcare.

Helping Children with Autism Package

Eligible children can be registered to access early intervention funding of up to $12,000 (up to a maximum of $6,000 in any one financial year).

The eligibility criteria for children to access the Early Intervention funding is:

  • eligible children are those aged zero to six years who have been diagnosed in Australia with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • a child must have been seen by an Autism Advisor and deemed eligible to access the service before their sixth birthday and funding can be accessed until the child’s seventh birthday

The funding can be used to pay for early intervention services provided by a range of early intervention professionals who are members of the Helping Children with Autism Early Intervention Service Provider Panel.

The professionals on the panel include:

  • speech pathologists
  • occupational therapists
  • psychologists

Up to 35% of a child’s early intervention funding can be used for the purchase of resources. This means that up to $4,200 in total out of the $12,000 can be used for resources, up to a total of $2,100 in any one financial year.

Resources that are purchased with Helping children with autism funds must:

  • be recommended by the child’s HCWA service provider, and
  • be directly linked with the early intervention services being delivered to the child, and/or
  • provide support for the delivery of interventions at home

Parents or carers of eligible children will need to register their child for the HCWA early intervention funding before the child turns six years of age. To register a child for the Helping children with Autism early intervention funding parents and carers must call the Autism Adviser on 1800 428 847 or (07) 3273 0000.

The Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) Initiative

Eligible children can be registered to access early intervention funding of up to $12,000 (up to a maximum of $6,000 in any one financial year).

Eligible children are aged under six years and have been diagnosed with:

  • down syndrome
  • cerebral palsy
  • fragile X syndrome, or
  • a moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment, including deafblindness

From 1 January 2013, children who are aged under 6 years and have been diagnosed with Prader Willi, Williams, Angelman, Kabuki, Smith-Magenis, CHARGE, Cornelia de Lange or Cri du Chat syndromes or microcephaly will also be eligible for Better Start. The funding can be used to pay for early intervention services provided by a range of early intervention professionals who are members of the Better Start Early Intervention Service Provider Panel.

The professionals on the panel include:

  • speech pathologists
  • audiologists
  • occupational therapists
  • physiotherapists
  • psychologists
  • orthoptists
  • teachers of the deaf
  • optometrists and others

Eligible children must be registered before their sixth birthday and families will have until their child turns seven to use the early intervention funding. Up to 35% of a child’s early intervention funding can be used for the purchase of resources. This means that up to $4,200 in total out of the $12,000 can be used for resources, up to a total of $2,100 in any one financial year.

Resources that are purchased with Better Start funds must:

  • be recommended by the child’s Better Start service provider, and
  • be directly linked with the early intervention services being delivered to the child, and/or
  • provide support for the delivery of interventions at home

Parents or carers of eligible children will need to register their child for the Better Start early intervention funding before the child turns six years of age. Registration of eligible children is managed by the dedicated Registration and Information Service (RIS), which is operated by Carers Australia. To register a child for the Better Start early intervention funding parents and carers must call the RIS on 1800 242 636.

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Government Approved Provider | DSS - Helping Children with Autism
The Betterstart for Children with Disability Initiative
call: 07 3395 4400

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