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There are many organisations, groups and networks that can inform and support you on your autism journey.

Autism organisations

National, State and Territory organisations

Map of Australia showing the states and territories.

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
NSW’s peak body for autism. Includes Autism Launchpad, a resource for young people with autism and their families to help with leaving school and leading your own life.

Autism Queensland
Queensland’s peak body for autism

Autism Association of Western Australia
The West Australian peak body for autism

Autism SA
The South Australian peak body for autism

Autism Tasmania
The Tasmanian peak body for autism

Autism Northern Territory
The Northern Territory peak body for autism

Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders
The national peak body (formerly The Autism Council of Australia)

Autism Awareness Australia
A national body dedicated to improving the lives of all Autistic Australians and their families.

 

Research organisations

  • The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC)
    The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) is Australia’s first centre dedicated to research on Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Autism CRC
    Australia’s national cooperative research group, which aims to motivate, facilitate and translate collaborative autism research across the life span, underpinned by inclusive practices.

 

Autistic led organisations

  • The ICAN Network
    Mentors young autistic people to live life with an ‘I CAN’ attitude, runs professional development workshops, and campaigns to increase autism understanding.
  • Yellow Ladybugs
    Autistic-led organisation dedicated to the happiness, success and celebration of autistic girls and women
  • Aspergers Victoria
    Provides a range of services across the lifespan from kids to adults, parents and carers, professionals and employers to support discovery of strengths and empower: by Aspies, for Aspies, with Aspies.
  • Different Journeys
    Empowering young autistic people by providing them with a social platform that fosters an environment for them to create positive connections, feeling of inclusion, and linking families with services and support!
  • Spectrum Intersections
    A free peer led group for people 18 and over who identify as neurodiverse and on the LGBTIQA+ Spectrum.
  • Spectrum Journeys
    Supporting and educating parents and carers of autistic children.

International organisations

Other organisations and supports

  • Disability Advocacy Finder
    A tool made available by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to help you find local disability advocacy services
  • VALID
    Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with a Disability, the peak organisation in the Victorian disability sector representing adults with an intellectual disability and their families.

  • Better Health Channel
    Provides health and medical information to help individuals and their communities improve health and wellbeing.

  • Switchboard
    A peer-driven support service for (LGBTIQA+) people, their families, allies and communities.
  • Minus18
    Australia’s organisation for LGBTIQA+ youth.

  • Lifeline
    24 hour telephone counselling service. Phone: 13 11 14.
  • ReachOut
    Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents.
  • Kids helpline
    24 hour telephone and online counselling service for young people aged 5-25. Phone: 1800 55 1800.

  • Parentline
    Parentline is a Victorian telephone service for parents and carers of children 0-18. Phone: 13 22 89.
  • Parenting Research Centre 
    Formerly the Victorian Parenting Centre, shares knowledge to help parents raise happy healthy children.
  • Raising Children Network
    Provides free online parenting videos and articles backed by Australian experts.
  • Carers Victoria
    The statewide voice for family carers, representing and providing support to carers in Victoria.
  • Carer Gateway
    An Australian Government initiative, providing practical information and advice for family carers.

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