Centrelink – Centrelink payments to assist parents click this link or phone 132 717
Medicare – There are a range of Medicare benefits for Allied Health Services and ASD diagnosis. For more information visit this website.
NT Government Disability Coordinator – Contact the Department of Health (08) 8922 7424 to arrange an interview with a coordinator who can put you in touch with relevant services. NT government assistance is available for Carers who are permanent residents of the NT and are in receipt of the Commonwealth Carer’s Allowance from Centrelink, for further information visit this link or phone 1800 421 887
Adult Guardianship – For information regarding Adult Guardianship visit this website.
Autism Advisor – The Autism Advisor is a free service available as part of the Helping Children with Autism funding package. Autism Advisors are available for families with children aged 0-6 years with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. The Autism Advisor Program in the NT is operated by Autism SA and available by calling 0437 008 670
My Time – My Time hold various support groups in many locations. For more information call 1800 171 882 or visit this website.
Therapy & Education
Dyslexia and Reading Clinic – Visit website or phone 0871 274 938
If a child has ongoing difficulties with reading there can be one or more of 5 underlying causes:
- hearing and vision
- processing – Spoken Language/Visual Perception
- integration of the “reading” brain
- “overloaded” brain functioning
Nana’s Weighted Blankets – Nana’s weighted blankets are approved for product purchase as part of the FaHCSIA Helping Children with Autism Package. PLEASE SPEAK WITH YOUR AUTISM ADVISOR OR SERVICE PROVIDER BEFORE ORDERING PRODUCTS. Autism NT has a range of weighted products at their Nightcliff office for viewing
Prompt Education Resources – Prompt Education provides tools to help people with learning and communication difficulties
Positive Partnerships – Visit this website for information and session times for Parents & Carers and Professionals
Guide Dogs SA/NT – Autism assistance dogs information can be found here
Useful website links
Autism Advisory and Support Service – The Autism Advisory and Support Service is a not for profit charity run by parents of children with Autism for children and adults with Autism and their families. Visit their website
Raising Children – The Raising Children network parenting website can be found here. It contains information, online resources and interactive functions to support parents, carers and professionals.
Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) – The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre was established at La Trobe University in 2008. This is the first research centre in Australia dedicated specifically to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s). Click here to go to the website
National Disability Insurance Scheme – All Australians need a no fault insurance scheme for anyone who has or acquires a disability. A National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) would be a landmark social and economic reform transforming the lives of Australians with a disability and their families. The National Disability Insurance Scheme webpage can be found here.
Variety – Variety NT helps special children across the Territory by funding appeals through the Variety Challenge Programs. Visit
Mindd Foundation – The MINDD (Metabolic, Immuno, Neuro and Digestive Disorders) Foundation provide information on treatments for allergies, ADHD, Autism and Neurobiological Disorders. Visit the MINDD website for more information.
ASD Adults – Garry Burge – Asperger Syndrome & Autism Advocacy – (Information & Awareness)
“I was born in Brisbane, Australia in August 1972 and was diagnosed by Dr Tony Attwood as having Asperger Syndrome in July 1998. Being diagnosed has helped me to understand who I was as a person and explained why I was different from other people and the world around me.” Visit Garry’s website for more information
National Autism Bodies
Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders – The Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders aims to work at a National level to alleviate the deleterious effects of autism spectrum disorders in the community at large and to enhance the support and quality of life for not only the people who have autism spectrum disorder but also their families and carers. The AAB website can be found here