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
  • 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

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.

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

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

 

This page is current as of 31 May 2022.