Helping Children with Autism is an Australian Government initiative that provides up to $12,000 in funding (up to a maximum of $6,000 per financial year) which can be used to pay for early intervention services, including Speech Pathology for children with the following confirmed diagnoses:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Autistic Disorder
- Asperger's Disorder/Syndrome
- Childhood Disintegrative Disorder; or
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)
- Please note that having "similar characteristics" to autism is not a conclusive diagnosis.
Families living in outer regional or remote areas may be eligible for an additional one-off support payment of $2,000 to assist with additional expenses such as travel and home visits associated with accessing services.
To access HCWA funding, children must be diagnosed and be seen by an Autism Advisor prior to their 6th birthday. Families will have until the child turns 7 to access funding. The contact numbers for Autism Advisors in each state are as follows:
|NSW||Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)||1300 978 611 or (02) 8977 8345|
|VIC||AMAZE (Autism Victoria Inc)||1300 424 499 or (03) 9657 1608|
|WA||Autism Association of Western Australia||1800 636 427 or (08) 9489 8900|
|QLD||Autism Queensland Inc||1800 428 847 or (07) 3273 0000|
|ACT||Autism Aspergers ACT Inc||(02) 6176 0515|
|SA||Autism SA||1300 288 476 or (08) 8379 6976|
|NT||Managed through Autism SA||(08) 8947 4800 or Fax: (08) 8947 4811|
|TAS||Autism Tasmania Inc||1300 288 476 or (03) 6278 9985|
Communicate will require your child's CRN and date of birth prior to commencement of sessions.
The information in this pamphlet is a collective summary of potential funding options as at 8.12.2014. For up to date accuracy, please consult your healthcare professional or the appropriate funding mechanism website.