The Early Intervention Indigenous Liaison Officer (EI ILO) Program

After 10 years of delivering services to individuals, families and communities the Early Intervention Indigenous Liaison Officer Program closed on the 31st March 2021. The team would like to extend sincerest thanks to all our stakeholders for welcoming us to be a part of your disability journey.


In 2012 the Department of Social Services funded the Aboriginal Liaison Officer (ALO) project and later became the Early Intervention Indigenous Liaison Officer (EI ILO) program which aimed to support families of children aged 0-6 years to access Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) and Better Start funding packages. In the first year of the program the Indigenous Liaisons delivered services to 86 participants across Australia. Since that time Autism Queensland have expanded their services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the National Indigenous Programs as recipients of additional funding through the NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity building streams. This funding enabled the services to include supports for those persons on the autism spectrum aged 0-25 years, their families, and communities. The Steppin’ Up, Steppin’ Out (SUSO) and Yarning Autism (YA) programs spanned two years and have now concluded, however the team successfully delivered much needed disability services across very remote communities in Queensland, the Northern Territory, and New South Wales. The National Indigenous team, although ever dwindling as funding reached conclusion, have during the past nine months delivered services to over 600 participants across Australia. 


Over the past decade the Indigenous Liaisons have regularly brought together their knowledge and experience of the work they have been conducting in communities, and through gap analysis have steadily expanded and refined the suite of services offered to First Nations peoples. You can see the breadth of services in the attached “Indigenous Liaison Officers Can Help With…”. The team have been pleased to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to build their knowledge of the complex service systems, enhance their understanding of the language of informal and formal support pathways, support a shared understanding of autism, provided opportunities for goal setting and planning for the future, built skills to understand behaviour, access the NDIS, link up with ECEI services, and provided consultative and research services to assist communities to embed the principles of inclusion across all sectors and service delivery streams. If you have accessed services through the Indigenous Programs and would like to provide feedback to the team you may like to click on the survey link to tell us more about your experience.


Although the National Indigenous Programs are now concluding we would like to assure you that the autism associations across all the states and territories have capacity to continue to offer many ongoing services.


The Early Days workshops are delivered nationally for parents and other family members of young children (0-6 years) who are, or may be, on the autism spectrum. The face-to-face and online sessions cover a range of topics including My Child and Autism, Understanding Behaviour, Developing Independence Skills and more. The Early Days Program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. More information can be found at Early Days .


Each organisation’s website offers unique information about autism and provides detail about services that may be useful for you, your family, and community. Links are provided for ease of access below.


Autism Associations:


Autism Queensland

Autism Northern Territory

Autism Association of Western Australia


AMAZE - Victoria

Autism Spectrum Australia


Autism Tasmania

Autism South Australia

Marymead - ACT


Of course, the network of carer organisations is also well positioned to support informal family carers in the community. Relevant websites are listed and linked below for your convenience.


Carers Australia


Carers Queensland

Carers Northern Territory


Carers Association of Western Australia


Carers Victoria 

Carers New South Wales


Carers Tasmania


Carers South Australia


Carers Australian Capital Territory


Please also refer to the Disability Gateway and Carer Gateway for up-to-date information about supporting you and your family. The Raising Children Network is also a comprehensive source of information.


Additional information can also be found with the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to ensure you are familiar with the range of formal and informal supports available.


Autism Queensland is transforming the way we deliver services for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities and would be pleased to discuss how we could tailor fee-for-service programs for individuals, groups, and organisations.


Please contact us directly if you would like to discuss how we can assist to enhance your awareness, understanding and knowledge of autism in your community.

P.07 3273 0000



Once again thank you for engaging with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services and we hope that growing knowledge together has assisted in your disability journey.


Take care and stay well.

A short film to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families understand and recognise the early signs of Autism.


This film was  funded by the Department of Social Services as part of the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) program.



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