Better Start Registration and Information Service (RIS)

About this service

Provides information about Better Start Registration and early intervention service options. Funding attached to the Better Start initiative can be used to pay for early intervention services provided by a range of early intervention professionals who are members of the Better Start Early Intervention Service Provider Panel.

    • Service name

      Better Start Registration and Information Service (RIS)

    • Service address

      Level 1 37 Albert Street Footscray VIC 3011
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    • Phone

      1800 242 636

    • Fax

      9396 9555

    • Urgency levels

      Urgent Help, Direct Help, Some Help

    • Service area

      City of Kingston, City of Glen Eira, City of Port Phillip, City of Stonnington

    • Service hours

      Mon to Fri 8.30am - 5pm

    • Age group

      Maximum age 5 years

    • Additional age criteria

      Child must be under the age of 6 years

    • Eligibility criteria

      Child must be diagnosed with one of the following disabilities and meet the required thresholds, to be eligible for Better Start funding: * 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 * Rett's Disorder * Smith-Magenis syndrome * Williams syndrome * Hearing impairment (refer to threshold eligibility criteria) * Microcephaly (refer to threshold eligibility criteria) * Vision impairment (refer to threshold eligibility criteria) * Deafblindness (refer to threshold eligibility criteria)

    • Interpreters


    • Service type


    • Costs

      No Costs

    • Languages (other than English)

      Yes, information provided in various languages is available on the website

    • Disability access


    • Drop in service


    • Outreach


More information for teachers, wellbeing staff and service professionals

    • Participation length

      Contact service directly

    • Participation type


    • Secondary consult


    • Staff profile

      Qualified staff

    • Specific exclusions

      Children must meet eligibility criteria
      Parents/Carers of children with autism are encouraged to contact Amaze to explore eligibility for the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) initiative

    • Who can refer