To find the most up to date services and supports in your local areas (including NDIS service providers and community and mainstream services) the search engines and websites available to you include:
- NDIS Provider Finder
- Disability Gateway
- Ask Izzy
- Peak bodies in the disability sector (Disability Australia Hub, Deaf Victoria, Association for Children with a Disability (ACD), Amaze, VALiD, Women with Disabilities)
- Housing Hub
- Advocacy – Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU), Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU),
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services
Free health service for Victorian families with children from birth to school age.
Community health services
Allied health and support services for children up to school age and their families.
Kindergarten and childcare
- Kindergarten and childcare
- Kindergarten for Aboriginal children: Koorie Kids Shine
- Kindergarten for culturally and linguistically diverse children
- Getting started at child care and kinder
- Find a kinder – interactive map
Victorian Inclusion Agency
Free support to eligible education and care services.
Money to help pay for childcare.
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities
Helps eligible people who have come to Australia in the last five years.
You can get help with:
- Family help
- Legal help
Provides help to people from ethnic communities.
Provides free services including:
- Plan Management
- NDIS Reviews and Appeals
- NDIS service in other language
- NDIS Advice and Consultations
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
The resources below provide support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
- Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)
- Aboriginal Health – community based services
- Educational Resources for Aboriginal Kids
- Rock Solid Education Support for school aged or younger children
- Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) Yarning Safe and Strong 24hr call line are acting as a referral service as well as counselling.
- Deadly Story Event Calendar
Help with the costs of seeing a doctor, getting medicines, and accessing mental health care.
- Services Australia – Medicare
- Accessing Allied Health services under Medicare
- Explanation in languages other than English
Victorian Government – Department of Education and Training
Raising Children Network
Website with free information about raising children and caring for yourself as a parent or carer.
- Children with disability information
- Support for children with disability, autism or other additional needs: not funded by the NDIS
- Resources in languages other than English
Phone service for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old. Parentline offers confidential and anonymous counselling and support on parenting issues. Call Parentline on 13 22 89.
Helps families in Victoria find playgroups, resources, and support.
The Orange Door
The Orange Door is a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children.
MyTime provides free support and information for parents of children with disabilities.
First steps to Early Childhood education and care.
Early Childhood Intervention Australia Victoria/Tasmania (ECIA)
ECIA is the peak body for early childhood intervention in Victoria and Tasmania.
Association for Children with a Disability (ACD)
Provides information, support, and advocacy to families of children with disability in Victoria.
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
Early Childhood Australia
The peak early childhood advocacy organisation, acting in the interests of young children, their families and those in the early childhood field.
Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA)
The national peak body in early learning for children and parents.
Resources about online safety.
Sports and recreation
The links below support children with developmental delay or disability to find sports and recreation activities.
- AAA Play
- Kids Voucher Program – $200 voucher to assist families in paying for sport and recreation for children.
- Access for all Abilities Program
- Accessible playgrounds
Supports for people who care for a child with developmental delay or disability.
You can visit your local Council website to find information about events and services close to where you live.
- Kindergarten and child care
- Maternal and Child Health
- Supported playgroups
- Local festivals and events
You can search ‘Children’s Services’ in the search bar on your local Council Website to find information.