Access the right funding solution for your situation.

Finding help for you and your family's unique needs can be tricky. 

Now that you've found Windermere, there are many options you may be able to access that can provide you with additional funding to support your service delivery.


National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS is a new kind of funding which aims to help more people with disability and their families get access to the support they need. It gives people living with disability, their families and carers, better choice and control over where, when and how they receive their disability services. 

NDIS is currently accessible to people:

  • With Australian residency
  • Under 65 years of age
  • Who may require support from a person or equipment to do everyday activities
  • And to children with a disability or identified developmental delay

The NDIS is currently rolling out across Australia; its available now in some areas - find out when it will be available for you.

Find out more about the NDIS.


Private Health Insurance

Allied Health Services

Therapy sessions including Psychology, Physiotherapy, Speech & Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy can be claimed through Private Health Extras cover. The rebate amount per session and the number of sessions covered is dependent on the individual’s level of cover. The rebate for assessments is usually higher than that for therapy sessions.

Before commencing therapy, please check with your health fund to ensure that the relevant Allied Health service is included in your cover and the amount you are eligible to claim for each individual assessment and therapy session.

Counselling

Counselling sessions may also be covered under your health fund. The rebate amount per session and the number of sessions covered is dependent on the individual’s level of cover.

Check with your private health fund for other services you may be covered for.


Department of Social Services

Helping Children with Autism

Helping Children with Autism is an Australian Government initiative that provides up to $12,000 in funding, up to a maximum of $6,000 per financial year. Families living in outer regional or remote areas may be eligible for an additional one-off support payment of $2,000 to assist with additional expenses such as travel and home visits associated with accessing services.

Funding can be used to pay for early intervention services including Psychology, Speech & Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy for children with the following confirmed diagnoses:

  • Autism
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Autistic Disorder
  • Asperger's Disorder/Syndrome
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder; or
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)

To access HCWA funding, children must be diagnosed and be seen by an Autism Advisor prior to their 6th birthday. Families will need to access funding before their child turns 7. 

Windermere is a registered provider of HCWA services. HCWA will be replaced with NDIS as this becomes available.

For more information visit Amaze


Better Start for children with disability

Better Start is an Australian Government initiative that provides up to $12,000 in funding, up to a maximum of $6,000 per financial year. Families living in outer regional or remote areas may be eligible for an additional one-off support payment of $2,000 to assist with additional expenses such as travel and home visits associated with accessing services.  Funding can be used to pay for early intervention services such as Psychology, Physiotherapy, Speech & Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy for children with disabilities. 

Better Start is for children with a confirmed diagnosis of the following conditions:

  • Angelman syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • CHARGE syndrome
  • Cornelia de Lange syndrome
  • Cri du Chat syndrome
  • Down syndrome, including those with mosaic Down syndrome
  • Fragile X syndrome, Fragile X syndrome with full mutation includes mosaicism
  • Kabuki syndrome
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Smith-Magenis syndrome
  • Williams syndrome and
  • Rett's disorder

Also included, with the following thresholds:

  • Hearing Impairment in both ears 
  • Microcephaly
  • Vision Impairment 
  • Deafblindess (diagnosis made by a specialist multidisciplinary team which includes an ophthalmological and audiological evaluation).

To access Better Start, children with an eligible diagnosis must meet all registration criteria and be registered prior to their 6th birthday. Families will need to access funding before their child turns 7. 

Windermere is a registered provider of Better Start services. Better Start will be replaced with NDIS support as this becomes available.

For more information visit Better Start.


Medicare 

Better Access to Mental Health

Counselling services can be accessed under the Better Access initiative. Through referral from a GP or medical practitioner, you can receive up to 10 sessions under the rebate. 

For more information visit the Department of Health.

Better Start for Children with Disability Medicare Rebate 
Children aged 0-13 years with an eligible disability can be referred by a GP, specialist physician or consultant physician for the following Allied Health services:

  • Up to 4 diagnostic/assessment services from Allied Health professionals to assist the referring practitioner with diagnosis or to contribute to a child's treatment and management plan (for a child under 13 years of age).
  • Up to 20 treatment services from an Allied Health professional (for a child under 15 years of age, providing a treatment and management plan is in place before their 13th birthday).

These are the total number of services available to each child through the Better Start Medicare program – not an annual entitlement.

Only one disability treatment and management plan can be prepared for a child in their lifetime. Each referral is valid for a maximum of 10 sessions; on completion of these sessions, the professional will provide a report to the referrer who will then decide on the need for further sessions

For more information visit the Department of Health.


Helping Children With Autism Medicare Rebate

Children aged 0 -13 years undergoing assessment or treatment for Autism can be referred by a consultant paediatrician or psychiatrist for the following Allied Health services:

  • Up to 4 diagnostic/assessment services from allied health professionals, to assist the referring practitioner with diagnosis or to contribute to a child's treatment and management plan (for a child under 13 years of age).
  • Up to twenty treatment services from an allied health professional (for a child under 15 years of age, providing a treatment and management plan is in place before their 13th birthday). 

These are the total number of services available to each child and not an annual entitlement.

Only one disability treatment and management plan can be prepared for a child in their lifetime. Each referral is valid for a maximum of 10 sessions; on completion of these sessions, the professional will provide a report to the referrer who will then decide on the need for further sessions

For more information visit the Department of Health


Childcare 

The Australian Government provides families with two types of financial assistance to help cover the costs of approved child care – the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate. .

Child Care Benefit

The Child Care Benefit is income tested and is usually paid directly to approved child care services to reduce the fees that eligible families pay.

Eligibility for the Child Care Benefit

  • Your child must be attending approved child care or registered child care
  • You or your partner must meet the residency and child’s immunisation requirements*
  • You must be the person responsible for paying the child care fees.

For more information visit the Department of Human Services.


Child Care Rebate

The Child Care Rebate helps families cover the out-of-pocket costs of child care and it is not income tested. Even if your family income is too high for you to receive the Child Care Benefit, you may be eligible for the Child Care Rebate. It covers up to 50 per cent of out-of-pocket costs, up to $7,500 per child, per year.

You may choose to receive the Child Care Rebate paid fortnightly, either directly to your bank account, or through your child care service provider as a fee reduction.

Eligibility for the Child Care Rebate

  • You and your partner (if applicable) must have had work, training, study related commitments (or have an exemption) at some time during the week care is provided.
  • You must be using approved child care.
  • You or your partner must be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident living in Australia or be exempted from the Australian Government’s residency requirements.
  • Children under seven years of age must meet the Australian Government’s immunisation requirements or have an exemption*.
  • You must be the one responsible for your child care costs. If your employer contributes to your child care through salary sacrificing or packaging, you should discuss with them who is responsible for the cost

For more information visit the Department of Human Services.

Note: Across 2017 there may be changes to the Childcare Rebate and Child Care Benefit. 

The amazing opportunity I got coming into the Windermere house and the 100% that I put into the program, has given me and my son a roof over our head and a second chance at a normal life.

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