FaHCSIA funding is now available for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families to assist with accessing early intervention services. This initiative of the Australian government means that more children and families are able to get the help they need to improve their lives and long term outcomes through receiving ongoing, quality therapy services from multidisciplinary teams working in private services.
Funding of up to $12, 000 is available to children between the ages of 0 - 6, who have a diagnosed ASD. In order to be eligible children must be Australian citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia. Applications to receive the funding must also be made before the child's sixth birthday. For those children who have been approved to receive the funding, it is available for them to use with registered FaHCSIA providers up until the child's seventh birthday.
Here are some common questions families ask about the FaHCSIA funding:
Once you have received approval from your autism advisor you have a maximum of $12,000 to spend on early intervention services, including Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Psychology and other approved (by FaHCSIA) services. The first step is to decide what service(s) your child would benefit from and then find a service provider (or providers). It is important to carefully consider the experience of the therapists in working with children with an ASD, as well as the fees set by each service as there is a great deal of variance across services.
Words In Motion Speech Pathology practice is a registered member of the FaHCSIA panel of providers. The therapists have the knowledge and expertise to deliver effective, high-quality person centered services for children with an ASD and their families.
We provide clinic-based services at our Caroline Springs location, as well as home and community-based services in the Western suburbs of Melbourne.
We are excited to announce that we are now also providing home-based services in the Northern region of Melbourne, in the suburbs of Hurstbridge, Diamond Creek, Eltham, Greensborough, Wattle Glen, St Andrews, Kinglake, Doreen, South Morang and surrounding suburbs.
A list of other eligible service providers (and the associated fees) can be found here.
Additionally, the autism advisors at Amaze (if you live in Victoria) are there to support families who need guidance.
The autism advisorline (Amaze - Victoria) phone number is 1300 424 499
Once you begin receiving services your provider / therapist will bill the government (FaHCSIA) directly for any services they provide for your child.
You cannot spend more than $6,000 per financial year (1st July to 30th June).
Once your provider / therapist has had a chance to get to know your child they may suggest a particular resource that they feel would contribute to the effectiveness of your child's therapy. They may suggest that you purchase this equipment using your child's funding and if you agree to do so they will help you do so (this process varies from one service provider to the next so it is best to ask the provider about the policy they use).
It is important to know that resources need to contribute to therapy and help achieve goals, therefore your provider might not always be able to help you purchase a piece of equipment that you think might be good for your child. You should also be aware that the costs of resources purchased will be deducted from your child's overall funding balance.
If you have not yet accessed the funding for your child, but believe you may be eligible, then it is best to contact amaze (if you are living in Victoria) and speak to an autism advisor who will be able to provide you with information and support through the process.
The autism advisorline (amaze - victoria) phone number is 1300 424 499.
If you would like more information about applying for funding visit Amaze's website.