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:

  • 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 (, 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.


Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm


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