The Australian Government has committed $190 million for four years to June 2012 to deliver the Helping Children with Autism package. The package will help address the considerable need for support and services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).
The Helping Children with Autism package is the first national initiative to help families deal with this challenging disorder and is a major breakthrough in support for children and their families.
Research has shown that two years of early intervention in a child's pre-school years makes a substantial contribution to their development. Children with an ASD up to six years of age who have not yet commenced full time school will have access to early intervention services under the Helping Children with Autism package.
A number of initiatives will be implemented nationally by the Departments of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), Health and Ageing (DoHA), and Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).
FaHCSIA is working very closely with DoHA, DEEWR and state and territory government agencies to ensure that new investment in supporting children with autism is delivered in a collaborative and coordinated way that augments activity that is already available.
FaHCSIA will oversee the implementation of the following initiatives:
education and support for families and carers of children with ASDs, and
increased access to early intervention programs for children aged zero to six years of age with ASDs.
All initiatives include support for families, carers and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as rural and remote areas.
For more information about the Helping Children with Autism package:
phone 1800 289 177, or