Minister for Disability Services and Community Development

Tasmanian Government committed to early diagnosis of autism

Wednesday, 5th June 2019

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to improving the lives of Tasmanians with autism, the second largest primary disability in Tasmania.

In 2018, the Government provided an additional $450,000 of support on top of existing funding for the early diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and ongoing funding for the Autism Co-operative Research Centre.

In the 2019-20 State Budget we are substantially increasing funding for early diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with an additional $1 million, making the total contribution from the Tasmanian Government towards autism diagnosis in 2019-20 more than $2 million.

This additional funding for Tasmanian Autism Diagnostic Services will assist in reducing the wait time for an autism assessment for children under 18 years.

Early diagnosis is important, because once a diagnosis of ASD is confirmed, a child can then be assessed for their eligibility to receive individual support services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Early transition to the NDIS enables children, young people and families to access the important services and funding they require, much earlier.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to building a more inclusive, equitable and accessible state that empowers all Tasmanians. We are determined to play our part, which is why we are investing more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind contributions over the 2019-20 Budget and forward estimates to support people with disability.

Disability support services that remain outside of the scope of the NDIS including, mainstream children’s therapy services, individual advocacy services and continuity of supports for people with disability who are not eligible for the NDIS are also funded.

Our substantial funding commitment demonstrates the Hodgman Liberal Government’s steadfast commitment to improving the lives of Tasmanians with disability.