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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.

Registrations with Better Start are still OPEN for the following regions:

  • Central North Metro, South East Metro, Midwest, Great Southern and Christmas and Coco Islands - registrations can be submitted until further notice

Early Childhood partners have been announced in WA and will begin services from May 1st 2019.

For areas listed below, new registrations will be accepted until the Early Childhood Partner has become active.

  • Cockburn & Kwinana, Lower South West, Wheatbelt, North Metro, Southwest, Goldfields/Esperance

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

Resource for Children with Special Needs and their Families
This resource is produced by Carers WA and provides information about funding, services, and supports for families of children with special needs.

For more information

Carers WA: 1800 242 636

Visit the Better Start website