Autism Spectrum Australia

Autism Advisor Program

There are Autism Advisor Programs (AAPs) for each state.

Autism Advisor Program in NSW

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) was appointed by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to deliver the Autism Advisor Program in NSW. This is the early intervention component of the federal government’s Helping Children with Autism package.

The NSW Autism Advisor Program assist families to take their next step by providing information, access to funding and support to make their own decisions.

The Autism Advisor Program assists families and carers of children aged 0 to 6 years, who are diagnosed with an autism to:

  • Understand more about Autism
  • Access up to $12,000 from the government to pay for therapy for your child
  • Find out how to use the funding to help your child
  • Find out about professionals who can help your child
  • Find information that you can use to help your child
  • Find information about where further support is available
  • Make your own decisions on the best way to support your child and family.

We are not Caseworkers and we are not from a government department. We are here to help you get more support for your child and family.

If you want to know more about what we do and how we can help you, contact us by calling 1300 978 611.

We have information on autism in different languages. We can use interpreters when we talk to you.

For a language interpreter call 13 14 50 and ask them to call 1300 978 611.

Read more via the Downloads section

Application forms

Click here for information about our Early Days program.

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Transition from HCWA funding to NDIS funding

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolling out across Australia and you are encouraged to contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to find out more about how the scheme can help you and your family. Their website is or phone number is 1800 800 110.
While the NDIS is rolling out you will still be able to use your Helping Children with Autism funding (HCWA, you may know this as FaHCSIA funding or early intervention funding). In many areas you are still able to apply for HCWA funding, including areas that are now open for NDIS applications. You will be able to use your HCWA funding until you have an NDIS plan in place.
The following Local Government Areas are now closed to new HCWA applications: Newcastle, Maitland, Lake Macquarie, Lithgow, Blue Mountains, Hawksbury and Penrith. For more information about the roll out dates please see our frequently asked questions sheet here.
The Department of Social Services also have further information about the roll out and you can see that information here.
If you are unsure of whether you are eligible to apply for HCWA or would like more information on how to apply for the NDIS then please feel free to contact the Autism Advisor Program on 1300 978 611.


Contact the Autism Advisor Program on 1300 978 611or email us

Autism Advisor Programs in other states

Can't find what you are looking for? Please contact Aspect customer service on:

1800 ASPECT (1800 277 328) or (02) 8977 8377

or email us at:

Autism Advisor Program