Better Start Early Intervention

Clients accessing service under ‘Better Start Early Intervention’ can benefit from consulting with Quirky Kid Psychologists and services. More Information will be added soon, however, please call us on + 02 9362 9297 for more information on the mean time.

More details are also available at FaCHSIA Website

 

Early intervention funding

As of 1 July 2011, eligible children can be registered to access early intervention funding of up to $12,000 (up to a maximum of $6,000 in any one financial year).

The increased access to targeted early intervention in the pre-school years is intended to complement existing Commonwealth and State and Territory government services and to assist these children to have the best possible preparation for the transition to school.

The funding can be used to pay for early intervention services provided by a range of early intervention professionals who are members of the Better Start Early Intervention Service Provider Panel.

The professionals on the panel include speech pathologists, audiologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, orthoptists and others.

Eligible children must be registered before their 6th birthday and families will have until their child turns seven to use the early intervention funding.

Up to 35% of a child’s early intervention funding can be used for the purchase of resources. This means that up to $4,200 in total out of the $12,000 can be used for resources, up to a total of $2,100 in any one financial year.

Resources that are purchased with Better Start funds must:

  • be recommended by the child’s Better Start service provider, and
  • be directly linked with the early intervention services being delivered to the child, and/or
  • provide support for the delivery of interventions at home.

The Better Start resources component of the early intervention funding cannot be used to pay for items or interventions that are out of scope for Better Start e.g. swimming lessons. The resources component cannot be used to pay for items or services that are provided through other schemes or funding arrangements, such as incontinence aids or reading glasses.

PLEASE NOTE: Funding for the Better Start programs is gradually changing as the transition to the NDIS commences.  Some areas have already been closed to new registrations, and others will close as the NDIS is rolled out.