Better Health Channel


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 


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:

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


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


  • Families living in outer regional or remote areas may be eligible for an additional one-off payment of $2,000.
  • Download the registration and information pack for comprehensive information to assist in your decision making.


Children with an eligible diagnosis must register for Better Start before they turn six years old. A child will have until they turn seven to access funding.