Who Can Apply?

UPDATE: New applications to join the Early Intervention Service Provider Panel have been progressively closing across Australia and are now closed in South Australia, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania and Northern Territory. On 28 February 2020, closures will be extended to Queensland and Victoria, and on 20 March 2020 in Western Australia.

Funding for the HCWA and Better Start programs is transitioning to the NDIS and the programs will close June 30 2020.

The Department of Social Services is accepting applications from suitably qualified early intervention service providers to join the Early Intervention Service Provider Panel. This Panel covers providers for both Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) and Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start).

Membership is open to a range of allied health professionals and organisations. To be eligible you must be either:

  • A multidisciplinary organisation that provides early intervention services through qualified and experienced early intervention specialists
  • A consortium of early intervention organisations or individual providers that collectively and collaboratively provide a multidisciplinary service. This must include an allied health professional from one of the following disciplines - speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, audiology, physiotherapy, orthoptics, optometrists, teachers of the deaf or specialist teachers (vision impairment)
  • A sole provider who is a qualified and experienced allied health professional (or organisation) from one of the following disciplines - speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, audiology, physiotherapy, optometry, orthoptics, a teacher of the deaf or specialist teachers (vision impairment).

Organisations without an allied health professional on staff must demonstrate a formal professional relationship with an allied health professional from one of the following disciplines – speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, physiotherapy, audiology, orthoptics, optometrists, teachers of the deaf or specialist teachers (vision impairment). This may include a subcontracting arrangement, a Memorandum of Understanding or other formal written agreement.

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