Australian Government Department of Social Services – Disability and carers
On this webpage, you can find links to information about programs, services, benefits and payments for people with disability and their carers.
Australian Government Department of Human Services – People with disability
This webpage has information about payments and services to help people living with illness, injury or disability. There is also support to assist their families or carers.
This organisation represents people who look after someone with a disability or chronic illness, or an elderly person. The website has links to the carers association in each Australian state and territory. Carers can get information, advice and support from their local association.
This Australian Government website has information about services and support for carers. Look for information on the website, use the service finder or call the national helpline – phone 1800 422 737, 8 am-6 pm, Monday-Friday.
Young carers are children and young people up to 25 years who help care in families where someone has an illness, a disability, a mental health issue or an alcohol or other drug problem. This website has information for young carers, families and professionals. Respite services are available for young people who are at risk of not finishing school because they’re looking after a family member. For support and assistance, call 1800 242 636.
Disability support and information – general
Children with Disability Australia (CDA)
CDA represents children and young people with disability and their families. The organisation provides information for families, raises public awareness and seeks to improve available services.
Early Childhood Intervention Australia
This organisation promotes early invention for infants and young children with developmental delays or disabilities. It runs workshops, seminars and conferences and has a chapter in each state and territory.
Livewire provides free, safe and fun online communities for families affected by a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability.
MyTime groups are for parents, carers or grandparents of children with a disability or chronic medical condition. The groups meet to socialise, discuss and learn more about the services and supports in their area. They’re facilitated by professionals with disability and parenting expertise.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The NDIS is being introduced in stages throughout Australia. If you care for a child with disability you might be able to get funding for disability services from the NDIS. Find out when the NDIS is coming to your area by visiting NDIS – Our sites.
Nican aims to improve access to recreation experiences for people with disabilities. The website has information on recreation, tourism, sport and the arts, including a directory of wheelchair-accessible tourist accommodation.
Ramp Up is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s website featuring news, discussion, debate and humour for everyone in Australia’s disability communities.
This organisation provides support for brothers and sisters of people with special needs.
Australian Capital Territory
This website has information about government initiatives for people with a disability in the Australian Capital Territory.
New South Wales
NSW Department of Family and Community Services – Ageing, Disability and Home Care
This website has information about services available in New South Wales for people with a disability.
NT Department of Health – Disability Intake Office
This webpage is your starting point for disability services in the Northern Territory.
Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
This website has information about disability services in Queensland.
Government of South Australia – Disability
This government website has information about services and support available for people with a disability in South Australia.
Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services – Disability services
This government department manages disability services in Tasmania. The website can help you find the appropriate service in your area.
Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC)
ADEC helps people with a disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to have independence and participate in the community.
DiVine is an online community for people with a disability. The website is published by the Victorian Government. It has information on assistive technologies and events, as well as links to other useful websites. DiVine encourages community input and participation.
Victorian Department of Human Services – Disability
This government department manages disability services in Victoria. This webpage has information about supports, services and assistance for people with disabilities, their families and carers in their local area.
Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS)
YDAS works alongside young people with disabilities in Victoria to raise awareness of their rights and to support them to achieve what they want.
Government of Western Australia – Disability Services Commission
This government website has information on disability services in Western Australia, including eligibility and access criteria.
Online support groups can be helpful. You might like to check out our forum for parents of children with disability
. Here you can share stories, advice and support with other parents whose situations might be similar to yours.
Specific disabilities and special needs
This article on the Raising Children website has information about the Australian Government’s Better Start for Children with Disability initiative, which funds early intervention services for children under six who have been diagnosed with a sight or hearing impairment, including deafblindness, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or Fragile X syndrome.
Our article includes information about services for these disabilities and contact details for support organisations in your state or territory.
State autism associations
This page on the Raising Children website has contact details for autism associations in each state and territory. These associations provide information and support for parents and carers raising a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).