Better Start is an Australian Government initiative funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) that supports eligible children and their families by giving them access to early intervention funding and services delivered by registered service providers.
Children who are eligible for the program can access funding of up to $12,000 (to a maximum of $6,000 per financial year) for a range of early intervention services, including:
Therapists must be chosen from the Government approved authorised provider panel.
Children must be under six years old to be registered, and families will have until the child’s seventh birthday to use the early intervention funding.
Carers Victoria is delivering the registration and information service for families wanting to access the Better Start program.
1. Is your child under 6 years of age?
2. Does your child have a definitive diagnosis of one of the following?
3. Are you an Australian citizen or permanent resident?
If you answered YES to all of these questions you are encouraged to register for early intervention funding through the Better Start program.
Contact the Carer Advisory Service on 1800 242 636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask about the Better Start program.