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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. Therefore, registration for new clients living within these regions is now closed and clients must contact NDIS to receive services.

Registrations with Better Start have now CLOSED for the following regions:
Lower South West, Perth Hills (Swan, Kalamunda & Mundaring shires), South Metro (Armadale, Murray, Jarrahdale & Serpentine, Mandurah, Rockingham and Kwinana), Bayswater, Bassendean, Chittering, Toodyay, Northam & York, Kimberley, Pilbara, Central South Metro and the remaining Wheatbelt. Please contact NDIS on (08) 9235 7200.

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

  • North Metro, Southwest, Goldfields/Esperance - registrations can be submitted until November 2018
  • Central North Metro, South East Metro, Midwest and Great Southern - registrations can be submitted until August 2019
  • Christmas and Coco Islands - registrations can be submitted up until August 2020

For more information about the geographical roll out of the NDIS in WA, including a map with all the regions, click here.

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.

Upcoming workshops for Better Start families*:

  • Geraldton: 18th or 19th October 2018 
  • Subiaco: 28th November 2018
  • Innaloo: 20th February 2019
  • Albany: 5th, 6th or 7th March 2019
  • Mirrabooka: 8th May 2019
  • Belmont: 22nd May 2019

Pre bookings are now available and participants will be notified of venue closer to the date.

*Dates may be subject to change.

For more information

Carers WA: 1800 242 636

Visit the Better Start website