The Autism and Family Supports network

The Autism and Family Supports network is a collection of expert services that provide support and information for Autistic people, their families and carers. Each service is independent, free and can be accessed across Australia. These services can assist you with:

  • Autism information and resources
  • Supports and services
  • Workshops and webinars

In addition to Autism Connect, the network is made up of:

Carer Gateway

It is estimated there are 2.65 million unpaid carers across Australia. These are people who provide care to a family member or friend with disability, a medical condition, mental health condition, or someone who is frail due to age. Through Carer Gateway, carers can access a range of support and services to help manage their emotional health and wellbeing. In-person and online coaching, counselling, emergency and planned respite, peer support, online skills courses and tailored support packages are some of the services available through Carer Gateway. Emergency respite is available 24/7on the same number below.

Contact the Carer Gateway:

1800 422 737
Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm local time

Disability Gateway

The Disability Gateway is a free Australia-wide service to help people with disability, their families and carers find trusted information and services. It’s accessible, easy to use and a great way to connect to supports in your area, including health and wellbeing, education, and everyday living. The Disability Gateway is for all Australians with disability no matter what your circumstances are.

Contact the Disability Gateway:

1800 643 787
Monday – Friday, 8am-8pm AEDT/AEST

Early Days

The Early Days series of free workshops/webinars are for parents and family members of young children (0-6 years) who are on the autism spectrum, or who have concerns about their child. Topics provide core information and practical advice about autism, parenting a child on the spectrum, and supports. Available nationally.

For more information visit:

Positive Partnerships

Positive Partnerships is a national program funded by the Australian Government Department of Education. The program provides free high-quality professional learning and resources through workshops, webinars and online modules for parents, carers and school staff that support positive outcomes for young people on the autism spectrum.

For more information visit:
1300 881 971

For more information about the Autism and Family Supports network brochure, download this brochure.

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