Boosting support for Australians with autism

The Albanese Labor Government is supporting Australians with autism by investing in their future with an extension of funding for Autism CRC totalling $4 million in 2023-24.

In operation since 2013, Autism CRC is an independent national source of evidence for best practice in relation to autism across the lifespan and the spectrum.

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill Shorten said the Government is supporting the wellbeing of autistic Australians through evidence-based best practice guidelines.

“There are hundreds of thousands of Australians with autism, and the Government is committed to supporting their capacity and wellbeing,” Minister Shorten said.

“For the past 10 years, Autism CRC has helped inform national practice and the policy landscape, and built the capacity of individuals, service providers, and community settings in the process.

“This new funding is testament of the Government’s commitment to supporting evidence-based policy approaches, and will empower Autism CRC to continue and expand its valuable role.”

Of the $4 million in funding, $1.35 million is being provided through the Support for People with Autism measure to enable Autism CRC to continue its work supporting the development of Australia’s first National Autism Strategy.

A further $2.65 million, funded under the Information, Linkages and Capacity (ILC) Mainstream Capacity Building Program, will be used to embed current evidence-based professional practice in service systems to assist individuals, families and carers of people with autism to make informed choices. This will help ensure mainstream health clinicians deliver services consistent with national guidelines and continue to increase the inclusive capacity of Australian schools and workplaces.

Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth said today’s funding announcement will support the next steps in developing the National Autism Strategy.

“The National Autism Strategy is for all autistic Australians and will look at key areas including access to services, healthcare, education and employment,” Minister Rishworth said.

“Public consultation is now open, marking the commencement of phase two of the strategy’s development. We will work with Autism CRC to make sure that our engagement is inclusive and autistic people’s lived experiences are considered alongside evidence-based understanding and best practice.”

More information about the ILC program is available on the Department of Social Services website.