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Better Start for Children with Disability

Better Start provides funding for early intervention services. 

To access Better Start children with an eligible diagnosis must register before they turn 6 years old.  Families will have until the child turns 7 to access funding.

Children are eligible for Better Start if diagnosed with one of the following disabilities:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deafblindness
  • Down syndrome, including mosaic Down syndrome
  • Fragile X syndrome with full mutation
  • Hearing impairment
  • Vision impairment
  • Cri du Chat syndrome
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Williams syndrome
  • Smith-Magenis syndrome
  • Angelman syndrome
  • Kabuki syndrome
  • CHARGE syndrome
  • Cornelia de Lange syndrome
  • Microcephaly
  • Rett's disorder

The thresholds that apply to these disabilities have been determined by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in conjunction with advice provided by an Expert Reference Group.  To find out more

Important Information: Better Start Registrations in WA
Better Start will be absorbed into the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) and has begun the process of transferring clients within certain regions.

New registrations with Better Start are still open in most areas of WA but are CLOSED for new participants in the following regions:

  • South Metro, North East Metro, Kimberley and Pilbara

For all other areas new registrations can be submitted until 15th February 2020.

Funding will cease 30th June 2020 for all families registered with Better Start. It is important to contact your local partner or NDIS immediately to begin your process with NDIS.

Better Start Referral Form (PDF)
Better Start Referral Form (WORD)
*If you require the referral form in Rich Text Format (rtf) please email

For more information

Carers WA: 1800 242 636

Visit the Better Start website