Better Start for children with disability

Find out how you can receive funding for your child under the Better Start for Children with a Disability Initiative (Better Start).

Scope is an approved provider of Better Start. The initiative supports children from birth to seven years of age who have been diagnosed with a disability and need early intervention services.

What is Better Start

Better Start gives children access to funding for early intervention services.

If your child is eligible for funding, you can receive up to $12,000 for support services up until the age of seven.

Better Start is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS).

Who is eligible for Better Start?

Children diagnosed with one of the following conditions can receive Better Start:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • A moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment, including deaf blindness
  • Prader Willi Syndrome
  • Williams Syndrome
  • Angelman Syndrome
  • Kabuki Syndrome
  • Smith-Magenis Syndrome
  • CHARGE Syndrome
  • Cornelia de Lange Syndrome
  • ‘Cri du Chat Syndrome
  • Microcephaly
  • Rett’s Disorder

To access Better Start, your child must be deemed eligible for funding before they turn six.

A child with a condition from the above list may also be eligible for Medicare rebates.

What services can I access with Better Start?

Scope is an approved provider of Better Start services. We offer various therapy services under Better Start, including:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech pathology
  • Psychology
  • Education

How can I register my child?

If you are a parent or carer of a child who is eligible for Better Start, you can register for funding by contacting the Carers Victoria Registration and Information Service on 1800 242 636.

For more information, please email or visit the Better Start website.