Additional funding committed for National Autism Strategy
2 August 2023
The Australian Government has committed additional funds to develop the National Autism Strategy and the National Roadmap to target health and mental health outcomes for Autistic people.
In the recent Budget, the Government committed $4.9 million towards the development of the National Autism Strategy. It includes:
- $3.7 million in 2023-24 to undertake consultation and research for the National Autism Strategy
- $1.2 million over two years from 2023-24 for development of the National Roadmap to improve health and mental outcomes for people with autism(link is external) (Phase 2 and 3). The Roadmap focuses on addressing the serious health and mental health inequities faced by Autistic people and will be developed in close coordination with the Strategy.
This funding makes sure we are developing an evidence-based National Autism Strategy that is designed with Autistic people, their families, and carers.
It is in addition to the $5.3 million provided in the October 2022-23 Budget through the Better Support for People with Disability package. It includes:
- an initial $1 million towards developing the National Autism Strategy, and
- $2 million to the Autism Cooperative Research Centre to continue its autism research and provide advice to support development of the Strategy.
Read more about the measures announced in the 2023 Budget to support Autistic people.