Description

The Better Start for Children with Disability initiative provides Australian Government funding for early intervention services (including occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech pathology) to children with eligible disabilities. Up to $12,000 is available (maximum $6,000 per year) to eligible families. 

Services provided

  • Assessment
  • Referral to a specialist
  • Funding 

Eligibility

Available to all children under the age of six years who have been diagnosed with a specific disability.

How to access

For more information about intervention services and the list of disabilities

The National Relay Service (NRS) is available to help callers with a hearing or speech impairment. For:

  • TTY users, call 133 677, then ask for 1800 242 636
  • Speak and Listen users, call 1300 555 727 then ask for 1800 242 636
  • Internet relay users, connect to the National Relay Service (https://internet-relay.nrscall.gov.au/), then ask for 1800 242 636.

The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) is available (24 hours, 7 days) for callers who speak other languages. Call 131 450.

Hours

Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm

Costs

The Better Start for Children with Disability Registration and Information Service is a free service.