Better Start for Children with Disability Program

Under the Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) initiative the identified disabilities are: Cerebral Palsy; Down Syndrome; Fragile X Syndrome and; Moderate or greater vision or hearing impairments.  Children who are aged under six years and have been diagnosed with one of the listed disabilities are able to register to access early intervention funding of up to $12,000 (up to a maximum of $6,000 per financial year).

The funding can be used to pay for early intervention services such as psychology, speech pathology, audiology, occupational therapy, orthopedics, and physiotherapy. Families will have until the child’s seventh birthday to access the early intervention funding.  To register your child for the Better Start initiative, please call the Carers Australia Registration Information Service on 1800 242 636.