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The Commonwealth government provides a vast array of support programs and services.

National Disability Insurance Scheme www.ndis.gov.au

Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing www.health.gov.au.

Centrelink www.centrelink.gov.au.

Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service (CRS) www.crsaustralia.gov.au.

Commonwealth Department of Finance and Administrative Services www.finance.gov.au.

Attorney General’s Department (Australian Law Online) www.law.gov.au.

Department of Education Science and Training www.dest.gov.au.

Department of Transport and Regional Services www.dotars.gov.au.

Betterstart – The Better Start for Children with Disability initiative provides funding for early intervention services.  www.betterstart.net.au

Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) provides funding for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/autism-children

Home and Community Care (HACC) Program -  Available to people who are at risk of premature or inappropriate admission to long term residential care, HACC enables the development of a consistent aged care system covering basic care at home by providing services to allow for independent living at home.  If eligible, the individual will be asked to contribute to the cost of major modifications, however for minor modifications, only the cost of materials will need to be covered as the service provider will meet the cost of the labour. www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ageing-hacc-services.htm

Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) Program -  An Australian Government initiative, the EACH packages are tailored to assist older Australians to continue living at their own homes.  Packages are coordinated within the local area to supply and coordinate care services for frail older people. 

www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ageing-aged-care-review-measures-home-care-packages

Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged (ACHA) Program  - Aims to assist financially-disadvantaged older people, who are homeless or in insecure accommodation, to obtain more stable accommodation before linking clients to appropriate community care needs. www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ageing-commcare-acha-overview.htm

Mobility Allowance helps people who have a disability, illness, or injury to participate in approved activities. The allowance helps with transport costs for those who cannot use public transport without substantial assistance, either permanently or for an extended period.  www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/mobility-allowance

Disability Support Pension provides financial support to people who have a physical, intellectual or psychiatric condition that stops them from working or who are permanently blind. www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/centrelink/disability-support-pension/eligibility