Early Intervention

Helping Children With Autism Package

Under the early intervention component of the Helping Children with Autism package, all children aged six and under who are diagnosed with an ASD and are not yet at school, will be eligible for a funding package of up to  $12 000 (up to $6 000 per financial year) to assist with the financial cost of accessing early intervention services. An eligible child is one who has been diagnosed with an ASD, who is aged zero to 6 years.
For more information go to:  http://www.amaze.org.au/discover/how-we-can-help-you/hcwa/what-is-the-helping-children-with-autism-package/

or Phone: 1800 289 177

AMAZE (previously known as Autism Victoria) has information Sheets on accessing Early Intervention – click here for information sheet

Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) –  for children 0-6 years.

The Federal Department of Health and Aging has published a research review.  It identifies the most effective models of practice in early intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s).

If your child is eligible for early intervention services, you’ll be able to choose which services suit your family best.  However, be aware that there will waiting lists. For more information go to:  www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/parents/needs/pages/ecis.aspx

Specialist Children’s Services

Specialist Children’s Services Teams (SIRT) are located in the Department of Human Services. They facilitate access to a range of early childhood services. This team includes:

  • occupational therapists
  • physiotherapists
  • psychologists
  • social workers
  • speech pathologists
  • educational advisers

Early childhood intervention access in this region have to go through the Specialist Information and Referral Team (SIRT).

This means you contact SIRT and then choose services from either, Bendigo Community Health Early Intervention Services, Noah’s Ark and Scope.

Department of Human Services, Bendigo
Phone SIRT on 1300 36 35 14

Bendigo Community Health – Early Intervention

Bendigo Community Health (BCH)
Kangaroo Flat
Phone SIRT on 1300 36 35 14

BCH are running an Autism Specific Therapy Group, for more information phone 5430 0567


Scope is a not-for-profit organisation providing disability services throughout Victoria to  thousands of children and adults with all kinds of disabilities.
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Noah’s Ark – Bendigo

Noah’s Ark is a not-for-profit community organisation providing early childhood intervention and inclusion support services to children with disabilities and other additional needs. They are the largest early childhood intervention and inclusion support service in Victoria operating from 19 centres in Melbourne, regional Victoria and the ACT. Their programs reach nearly 1,900 families and 3,000 Early Childhood Education and Care Services. Please visit http://www.noahsarkinc.org.au/ or Free Call 1800 819 140 for more information.