Early Intervention Payments
This funding is aimed at providing increased access to a range of early intervention services including one-on-one intensive activities and tailored group and individual programs that can be delivered in a range of settings.
All eligible children up to their seventh birthday will have access to the early intervention funding of up to $12,000 (up to $6,000 per financial year) regardless of whether or not they have commenced school. Please note: children must be registered for the early intervention funding by their sixth birthday (see Autism Advisor Program).
Once a child turns seven years of age they are no longer eligible to access funding under the early intervention component of the package.
Families can use this funding to choose the early intervention services that best suit their child from an approved panel of service providers. All Autism Queensland Early Intervention Services are ASD Panel Approved Services and families are able to utilise their HCWA Early Intervention funds to cover fees for these services partially or in full. Autism Queensland’s Early Intervention Services include a range of centre-based and outreach options. For more information about Autism Queensland’s Early Intervention Services please see our website at www.autismqld.com.au or ring your nearest Early Intervention Centre in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Mackay, Gladstone or Cairns. For information about other ASD Panel Approved services please go to www.fahcsia.gov.au.
Some families, including those in rural and remote areas may also be eligible for an additional one off payment of $2,000 in recognition of the additional challenges they face in accessing services.