Our Local Area Coordinators and early childhood team have strong community connections. We help to link people with services and raise community awareness of disability and developmental delay.

On this page you will find current information and resources across the following categories:

  • Disability Peak Bodies
  • Disability Advocacy
  • Health services
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Parenting resources
  • Information for carers and family members
  • Information for culturally and linguistically diverse families
  • Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
  • Information for LGBTQIA+ communities
  • Sport and recreation
  • Allied Health Peak Bodies

If you need further information or support to connect with any of the below services, you can contact our team on 1300 275 634.

Search engines and directories

Find the most up-to-date services and supports in your local area (including NDIS service providers and community and mainstream services).

  • NDIS Provider Finder
    Help to find information about your closest NDIS registered providers, based on your suburb and postcode.
  • Disability Gateway
    Information and services to help people with disability, their family, friends and carers, to find the support they need in Australia.
  • Clickability
    Disability service directory that features ratings and reviews from the people who use the services.
  • Ask Izzy
    A website connecting people in need with housing, a meal, money help, family violence support, counselling and much more.
  • Know Your Local Council
    Use this website to find your local council. You can search ‘Children’s Services’ in the search bar on your Council Website to find information on local events and programs.
  • Infoqore
    Database of mainstream, community, and specialist disability services for people with disability.

Disability Peak Bodies

A range of peak bodies and associations exist to support disability organisations and individuals around Australia.

Disability Advocacy

Health services

  • Maternal and Child Health Line
    The confidential, 24-hour Maternal and Child Health Line can give you information and advice about the care and health of your child from birth to school age.
  • Better Health Channel – MCH services
    The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service works in partnership with families to care for babies and young children until they start school.
  • Community Health Services for children
    Community health services (CHSs) in Victoria offer allied health and support services to children and their families.
  • Health Direct
    A government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice.
  • Medicare Information
    Help with the costs of seeing a doctor, getting medicines, and accessing mental health care.
  • Lifeline
    A directory of free or low-cost health and community services available in Australia. It includes services such as domestic violence, family and children’s services, financial assistance and mental health.

​Education

Employment

  • Australian Network on Disability
    National not-for-profit that helps organisations engage with people with disability.
  • Job Access
    Help for people with disability find and keep jobs, get promoted to better jobs, upgrade or expand their workplace skills, and more.
  • National Disability Coordination Officer Program
    Information about tertiary education pathways and subsequent employment in Victoria.
  • Go Volunteer
    Volunteering Victoria’s site for finding volunteer opportunities.
  • Careers Education Australia
    Parent and Carer Resources to support young people with disability.
  • Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS)
    Free online leadership program for young Victorians who identify as having a disability, being Deaf, neuro-diverse and/or having lived experience of mental health issues.
  • Victorian Skills Gateway
    Find skills training opportunities that leads to employment.
  • Specialisterne
    Alternative recruitment pathways through a workshop and assessment approach in conjunction with our client partners so that they can work with and understand autistic and neurodiverse talent prior to hiring.
  • My WAY Employability
    Discover strengths for the workplace or further education.
  • Dream Employment Network
    For all young people with disability, whether or not you already have a job. It can support you to develop leadership skills, or to take the next leap in your leadership/employment goals.

Parenting Resources

  • Raising Children Network
    Website with free information about raising children and caring for yourself as a parent or carer.  
  • Raising Healthy Minds
    A free app you can tailor to your child, family and interests. The app answers your questions about child wellbeing and shares practical tips for day-to-day family life.
  • Reimagine (previously Early Childhood Intervention Australia)
    The lead body in Australia for early childhood outcomes for young children with a developmental delay or a disability.
  • Thrivary App
    Thrivary connects parents, carers and early childhood practitioners to real time guidance, information and learning on all things early childhood development and early intervention (0-8yrs).
  • Tweddle
    Provides a combination of residential, day stay, in-home, tele-health, fee for service and community based Early Parenting programs.
  • Supports for Dads:
    SMS for Dads: Receive free text messages, support, info & tips – especially for dads & dads-to-be.
    Dads Online: Information and ideas about topics that are most important to Dads.
    The Fathering Project: program to help dads.
    Dads Group: Promoting positive parenting for men.
  • ​​​​PANDA Australia
    Supports the mental health of parents and families during pregnancy and in their first year of parenthood.
  • Learning and Play
    Play-based learning for preschoolers
  • Play Learn Grow
    A free text message program for parents and carers of two-year-old and three-year-old children in Victoria.
  • The Orange Door
    A free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence.
  • Kids Helpline
    Australia’s only free (even from a mobile), confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
  • Parent Line
    Parentline is a phone service for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old, offering confidential and anonymous counselling and support on parenting issues.
  • E-Safety Commissioner
    Advice and strategies for parents and carers about keeping children 0-5 years old safe online.
  • Circle of Security
    Designed for parents/carers of children aged 0-12 years who want to strengthen the bonds with their children and help them build secure relationships.
  • Tuning into Kids
    Nurtures a positive parent-child relationship, helping parents/carers respond to their own emotions and helping child/ren to manage their emotions.
  • Parents Under Pressure (PUP)
    Supports parents/carers of at-risk families to build skills and confidence to strengthen the parent-child relationship. It is run in a play-group style setting.
  • Safe Care
    Designed for parents of young children aged 0-5 years at risk of neglect and abuse. The program focusses on building strong and positive interactions between parents and their children, child health and home safety.
  • For When
    Mental health support for expecting and new parents. Connects parents that are struggling to navigate the complex waters of pregnancy and new parenthood to the critical mental health services needed most. 
  • Bringing Up Great Kids
    Focuses on building positive, nurturing, caring and respectful relationships between parents/carers and their children.
  • MyTime
    A supportive space for parents to feel understood and share ideas about managing a range of situations.
  • smalltalk
    A set of evidence-based parenting strategies that parents can use to enhance the home learning environment for their children from birth to school age.
  • Parent Child Mother Goose
    A program that focuses on the relationship between children and parents and gives tools that make daily life with a young child more fulfilling.
  • Triple P Parenting
    A parenting program providing a toolbox of ideas and strategies you need. You choose the way you want to use them.

Support for carers and family members

Resources for culturally and linguistically diverse families

Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families

Resources for LGBTQIA+ families

  • Raising Children Network
    List of services for LGBTQIA+ families from the Raising Children Network.
  • Rainbow Families
    Works to reduce discrimination and disadvantage faced by children of LGBTQIA+ parents so they can thrive and shine.
  • Parents of Gender Diverse Children
    Provides peer support to parents and those parenting trans and gender diverse children.
  • Pride VIC
    For members of the LGBTQIA+ and gender diverse communities and their allies. Tailored and specialised disability support services Australia wide.
  • QLife
    Free anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.
  • Rainbow Door
    Free specialist LGBTIQA+ helpline providing information, support, and referral to all LGBTIQA+ Victorians, their friends and family.
  • Transcend Australia
    This community can provide support, information, comfort and great tips for better supporting your trans, gender diverse or non-binary child.
  • Queerspace
    Provides counselling, case management, individual advocacy and other support services to help you with a range of issues.
  • Gay Dads Australia
    This website has information and resources for gay men who are fathers or who want to have children.
  • LGBTIQ+ Health
    Supporting healthy lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender, intersex, queer and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities throughout Australia and the world, free from stigma and discrimination.

Sports and Recreation

  • AAA Play 
    Provides information on accessible sports and recreational activities near where you live.
  • Access for all Abilities Program 
    Program that supports inclusive sport and recreation opportunities for people with a disability for over 15 years.
  • Kids Voucher Program
    Helps eligible families get their kids involved in organised sport. Eligible children may receive up to $200 to cover the costs for membership and registration fees.
  • Accessible playgrounds 
    Information on accessible playground and how to develop an accessible playground from A to Z.

Allied Health Peak Bodies

This page is current as of January 2024.