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Other Helping Children with Autism Federal Initiatives

Department of Social Services (DSS)

PlayConnect Playgroups, provided by Playgroup Australia:

The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Playgroup Program targets children aged zero to six with ASDs or ASD-like symptoms. Children do not require a formal diagnosis of an ASD to attend a playgroup.
1800 790 335

Raising Children Network: 

The Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder section of the Raising Children website provides impartial and evidence-based information, online resources and interactive functions to support parents, families, cares and professionals. 

Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (In SA):

Anglicare SA Daphne Street Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre provides specialised childcare and family support services tailored to children with an ASD.

Operate from Monday—Friday and CCB available to all eligible families.

Contact: (08) 8269 8688 or

The childcare centre is not HCWA provider but has been set up by FaHCSIA to be complimentary service, as such families cannot use their HCWA funding to cover the cost of attendance.

Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA)


DoHA has made new Medicare items available for children aged under 13 years (for diagnosis and treatment planning) and under 15 years (for treatment)

Medicare programs:
Click here for Medicare Programs

DoHA helpline: (02) 6289 4297
Medicare Australia: 132 011

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)

The Positive Partnerships initiatives provide training sessions for teachers and other school staff and for families of school aged children with ASDs through the Partnerships between Education and the Autism Community Consortium. 

More information about the Helping Children with Autism Funding can be found on: