Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is your state autism association. It can provide information about help and support in New South Wales.
Contact details for Autism Spectrum Australia
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
Address: Building 1, Level 2,
14 Aquatic Drive, Frenchs Forest NSW 2086
Phone: 1800 277 328
Email: via contact form on website
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is being introduced gradually across Australia. To find out when NDIS support will be available in your area, visit the NDIS website or call the helpline – phone 1800 800 110.
Finding out more about autism
Early Days workshops
For more information about ASD and how to support your child’s early development, you could take part in an Early Days online workshop. Your state or territory autism association can also let you know about attending an Early Days face-to-face workshop in your area.
MyTime groups support parents, grandparents and anyone caring for children who are aged 0-16 years and who have disability, developmental delay or chronic medical conditions. At your local MyTime group, you can socialise and share ideas and information with other people who understand the rewards and challenges of caring for a child with special needs. Each MyTime group has a facilitator and a play helper.
PlayConnect playgroups are part of the Australian Government's Helping Children with Autism package. PlayConnect is open to families with a child aged 0-6 who has ASD or ASD-like behaviours. Your child does not need a formal ASD diagnosis to join.
Your relationship with your partner
Relationships Australia is a national organisation that provides relationship support services such as counselling, dispute resolution and relationship skills seminars.
Your other children
Siblings Australia is a national organisation that offers a range of services for siblings of children with special needs. These services include workshops, print and web resources, and networking opportunities for families across Australia.
Support for you
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres
These centres provide free and confidential information on local carer support, disability and community services. You can contact your nearest centre by phoning 1800 052 222.
National Carer Counselling Program
The National Carer Counselling Program (NCCP) is delivered by the carers association in each state and territory, and is managed by Carers Australia. Further information is available from your state or territory carers association on 1800 242 636.
Stress, anxiety and depression: GP support
Use My Neighbourhood to locate GPs in your local area.
ASD family support groups and forums
Contact your state autism association and local autism advisor for details of support groups in your area.
Online support groups and forums can also be a convenient way to meet others and share ideas and support. Visit the Raising Children forum for parents of children with ASD.
Disability support organisations
The NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) provides supports and services as well as information and referral for children with disability and their families. Phone (02) 9377 6000.
Australian Unity provides home services in New South Wales. You might be eligible to receive funding for services like respite, transport, personal care and domestic assistance. Phone 1300 160 170
Carers NSW can provide information and respite. Phone 1800 242 636.
Parent Line is a telephone counselling, information and referral service for parents of children aged 0-18 who live in New South Wales. Phone 1300 130 052 (9am-9pm weekdays, 4pm-9pm weekends).
Lifeline provides 24-hour telephone counselling: 131 114.