Where can I get an autism diagnosis?

Below you’ll find government funded diagnosis and assessment services by state.  This service is for children only (ages varying in each state), except for in WA where public diagnosis service is available for adolescents and adults aged 13-30 years.  Your GP, health nurse or paediatrician would be the best person to provide more information about diagnostic services in your local area.

This information is correct at time of publishing. Last updated Nov 2020.

In VIC, public diagnostic services are provided through The Royal Children’s Hospital Network and VIC Health Child and Adolescent Health services.  Your GP or Paediatrician will be able to provide more information and refer you to your nearest service.

https://www.rch.org.au/autism/autism_intake/Developmental_and_Autism-related_Intake_at_the_RCH/

http://www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealthservices/child/index.htm

In QLD, public diagnostic services are provided through Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service.  Your GP or Paediatrician will be able to provide more information and refer you to your nearest service.

https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/service-child-development-program/

In WA, public diagnostic services are provided through Western Australia Child and Adolescent Health Service. A referral can be made by parents, legal guardians or professionals.

https://www.cahs.health.wa.gov.au/Our-services/Community-Health/Child-Development-Service and http://www.wacountry.health.wa.gov.au/index.php?id=childdevelopment for regional WA.

The Autism Association of Western Australia provides autism assessments at no cost for eligible individuals aged 2-12 and 13-30 years.  A GP, Consultant Psychiatrist, or Consultant Paediatrician referral is required.

In SA, The WCH Child Development Unit (CDU) provides developmental assessment service for children at these assessment units:

Women’s and Children’s Hospital – Child Development Unit 08 8161 7287
Flinders Medical Centre – Child Assessment Team 08 8204 4433
Lyell McEwin – Gordon McKay Child Development Unit 08 7485 4109

In NT, the Children’s Development Team provide developmental assessment and support for children and their families
Alice Springs: (08) 8951 6720
Darwin (Casuarina): (08) 8922 7283

See your GP or child nurse for an assessment referral.

https://nt.gov.au/community/parents-and-families/support-services/child-health

https://nt.gov.au/wellbeing/pregnancy-birthing-and-child-health/baby-child-assessments-clinics

The Child Development Service is a Canberra based service that provides residents in the ACT with free Autism assessments for children aged 0-12. A referral from a Paediatrician or Psychiatrist is required.

Tasmanian Autism Spectrum Diagnostic Assessment Service (TASDAS) provides fee free diagnostic services. Referrals are accepted from a paediatrician, child/adolescent psychiatrist or psychologist.

The Child Health & Parenting Service (CHaPS) provides free child health and development assessments for all children aged 0-5 years.

St Giles Developmental Assessment Team (DAT)fully funded multidisciplinary assessment services for preschool-aged children only.