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Autism Advisor Program

Please note, as Government funding for this program ends on 31 March 2021 it will no longer operate.

The Autism Advisor Program (AAP) is a free information and support service for parents and carers of young children (0-6 years) who have received a diagnosis of autism or who think their child may be on the autism spectrum. We provide one on one support and facilitated peer group programs throughout Queensland.

Autism Queensland is funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS)* to deliver the program in Queensland.

Our autism advisors can provide information about:

  • Autism and what it means to your family
  • Diagnosis
  • Early childhood intervention
  • Local services and supports for the child and family
  • NDIS pathways
  • Childcare, kindergarten and school
  • Centrelink and Medicare

Information Line

If you have any general questions about autism, funding* or early intervention call 1800 428 847 or email

*Is your child still receiving funding from the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) or Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) programs? Please scroll to the bottom of this page for some important information.

Individual Consultations

One on one conversations tailored to your family’s needs. Autism Advisors can assist you either in person or over the phone.

Interpreting Services

Should you require an interpreter please call TIS National 131 450

HCWA & Better Start Funding Update

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Government has extended the HCWA and Better Start program, however both supports will end on 31 March 2021.

If you have not already transitioned or applied for the NDIS please contact your Early Childhood partner or the NDIS National Call Centre on 1800 800 110 as soon as possible.

NB If your child is NOT ELIGIBLE for the NDIS but you have been receiving HCWA or Better Start funding they may be eligible for the Government’s Continuity of Support (CoS) arrangement from 1 April 2021.

You can also contact the Autism Advisor Program for assistance through this process on 1800 428 847.

More information: