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
- 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.
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.
Disability Peak Bodies
A range of peak bodies and associations exist to support disability organisations and individuals around Australia.
- Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO)
Member organisations who contribute to the national policy agenda and address issues that impact the lives of people with disability in Australia.
- Disability Australia Hub
Your gateway to disability knowledge, advocacy and information resources.
- National Disability Representative Organisations
A list of organisations providing advocacy and representation for Australians with disability.
- Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU)
A dedicated resource unit funded to work with disability advocacy organisations to promote and protect the rights of people with disability.
- Self-Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU)
Support for Victorian self-advocacy groups that are run by and for people with an intellectual disability, people with an acquired brain injury and people with complex communication support needs.
- Association for Children with a Disability (ACD)
Provides information, support, and advocacy to families of children with disability in Victoria.
- Children and Young People with Disability Australia
National peak body that represents children and young people (aged 0-25) with disability.
- 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.
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 – Information for Parents
Information for Victorian parents and carers to support their child’s learning needs.
- Starting Blocks
A website for parents with information about early childhood education and care.
- Childcare Subsidy
Assistance to help with the cost of childcare.
- Early Childhood Australia
A non-profit organisation that promotes and works towards what is best for children and the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector.
- Early Learning Association Australia
The national peak body in early learning for children and supporting parents and service providers.
- Kindergarten for Aboriginal children: Koorie Kids Shine
Learn about the benefits of kindergarten, including how services create culturally safe places for Aboriginal children and families.
- Early Start Kindergarten
Early Start Kindergarten gives eligible children 15 hours of free or low-cost kindergarten a week for 2 years before starting school.
- Find a kinder – interactive map
Use this application to find a kindergarten program in Victoria. You can search by street, suburb, or post code.
- ACD – Getting started at Childcare and Kinder
Information from the Association of Children with a Disability about starting childcare or kinder.
- Victorian Inclusion Agency
Free support to eligible education and care services. Find resources, forms, organisation links.
- Inclusion Support Program
Supports children with additional needs to participate in early childhood education and care.
- Kindergarten Inclusion Support
Help for funded kindergartens to make their classroom inclusive of children with a disability, developmental delay or complex medical needs.
- Playgroups Victoria
Helps families in Victoria find playgroups, resources, and support.
- 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).
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.
A supportive space for parents to feel understood and share ideas about managing a range of situations.
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
- Carer Gateway
An Australian Government program providing free services and support for carers.
- Carers Victoria
A service that helps carers in Victoria.
- Services Australia – Carer Allowance
Financial support for carers.
- Siblings Australia
Provides support for siblings of children and adults with disability.
- Little Dreamers
Supporting young people aged 4 to 25 who provide care for a family member affected by disability, chronic or mental illness, addiction, or frail age.
Resources for culturally and linguistically diverse families
- Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS)
An interpreting service for people who do not speak English and for businesses that need to talk with their non-English speaking clients.
- Kindergarten information
Information on kindergarten for culturally diverse families.
- Settlement Engagement and Transition Program (SETS)
Provides support for people who have recently arrived in Australia.
Helps culturally diverse communities through advocacy and language specific Social Support Groups.
- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)
Australia’s largest human rights organisation providing support to people seeking asylum.
- Victorian Multicultural Commission
Works with multicultural and multifaith groups to understand the issues they face.
- AMES Australia
Offers education and training in English to help migrants prepare for education or work.
- National Ethnic Disability Alliance
Advocates for the rights and interests of culturally diverse people with disability and their families throughout Australia.
- Refugee Council of Australia
Search your state or territory in this directory to find services for refugees and people seeking asylum.
- Services Australia
Information about payments and services in a range of languages. The Centrelink Multilingual Call telephone number is 131 202.
- Infoxchange Service Seeker
Information about health and welfare services. You can filter by language to find a health professional that speaks your preferred language.
- Foundation House
Seeks to explore the barriers and enablers to inclusion, and to develop strategies to promote full inclusion of families from refugee backgrounds.
- Health Translations
Children and Family Services
Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
- Nugal Murrup Buladu video series
BSL NDIS is proud to be part of the Darebin Best Start Aboriginal Reference Group, who have worked together to develop a video series for mob, known as Nugal Murrup Buladu – belong, spirit, grow.
- Baby Coming You Ready?
A culturally safe, perinatal mental health assessment which supports trust and engagement between professionals and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and fathers.
- Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)
Educational resources for Aboriginal kids.
- Monash Health – Aboriginal Health – community-based services
Works closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to improve health outcomes and the wellbeing.
- Rock Solid Education Support for school aged or younger children
For Aboriginal families with school-aged or younger children with special needs in Victoria.
- Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) Yarning Safe and Strong 24hr call line
Confidential counselling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Yarning SafeNStrong (YSNS) is available to people and families who need to have a yarn with someone about their wellbeing.
- Deadly Story Event Calendar
An online portal and resource that aims to support Aboriginal children and young people to grow in their knowledge of who they are, where they belong, and where they come from.
- Victorian Aboriginal Education Association
Aims to increase the presence and voice of Aboriginal people in education decision making.
- Victorian Aboriginal Business Directory
- Koorie Kids Shine
Free or low-cost kinder for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged three and four years old.
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.
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.
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
- Australian Psychological Society
- Speech Pathology Australia
- Occupational Therapy Australia
- Australian Physiotherapist Association