National Autism Strategy

The 2022-23 October Budget announced the Better Support for People with Disability package. This package includes $5.3 million to support development of a National Autism Strategy. The National Autism Strategy measure includes:

  • $1 million to develop the National Autism Strategy
  • $2 million to the Autism Cooperative Research Centre to continue its autism research and provide advice to support development of the National Autism Strategy
  • $300,000 to develop a National Roadmap to target health and mental health outcomes for autistic people, and
  • $2 million to the AEIOU Foundation for Children with Autism to expand their existing autism specific early intervention centre in Townsville, Queensland.

The Department of Social Services (the department) will lead development of the National Autism Strategy. The Department of Health and Aged Care will lead development of the National Roadmap.

Development of the Strategy will be informed by the experiences of autistic people and their families and carers. The department will undertake a comprehensive national consultation process involving:

  • autistic people and families
  • the autism sector
  • researchers.

This will help to ensure the voices of autistic people and the wider community are heard.

The Strategy will be a whole-of-life plan for all Australians with autism – not just those eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – and will work alongside the approach for an Early Years Strategy and our ongoing implementation of Australia’s Disability Strategy to drive concerted, joined up action.

Findings and recommendations from the Senate Select Committee on Autism final report will also be considered as part of the development of the strategy.

For further information about the Better Support for People with Disability Budget announcement please visit:

More information on the national consultation process for the development of the National Autism Strategy will be available in coming months. To register your interest, please email AutismPolicy@dss.gov.au.

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