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Early Intervention Funding

 

The Australian Government provides early intervention funding through two programmes:

  • Helping Children with Autism (HCWA)
  • Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start)

Under these programmes, children under the age of six with an eligible diagnosis can access early intervention funding of up to $12,000 (a maximum of $6,000 per financial year). The funding is for services and therapies from a panel of registered service providers, including I Have Something to Say.

On your first visit using your funding at I Have Something to Say you will initially be asked :

  • To show your Letter of Introduction,
  • Sign the personal information and Consent to Claim Payment forms
  • Begin signing the service provision record for each session attended

 Equipment

Up to 35 per cent of this funding ($4,200, or $2,100 per financial year) can be used to buy resources recommended for your child by a registered service provider. This could include visual aids, communication boards, sound field systems or other equipment.  If you wish to purchase equipment using your funding, we are able to claim and then transfer the money back to you. In order to do this please ensure that:

  • You have spoken to your therapist about the purchase to ensure that it meets the guidelines for resource purchases
  • Paid for the item in full
  • Give us a receipt from the purchase; we will take a copy
  • Sign the consent for claiming form and include your bank details (BSB and Account no.) to ensure a prompt transfer

 Keeping Track of Your Funds

All families are able to keep track of their funding using the Family Activity Statement emailed to you by FaHCSIA every month. This statement will show what you have spent up to the date of issue, however some entries may be missed due to the claiming process.  It is your responsibility to notify us when your funding is running out for the financial year or in total. We cannot access this information and do not wish to fall behind on claims. Any sessions, which are conducted after the funding has finished, will need to be paid in full ASAP.

 

 

 

For additional information on these programmes, please refer to https://www.dss.gov.au/disability-and-carers/programmes-services/for-people-with-disability/what-help-is-available