Whether you are the person living with autism, a carer, family member or friend, there are some great resources and support groups available to help you with practical and emotional support. Support groups, either in the community or online, can offer you the opportunity to get in touch with people in a similar situation and share experiences and information.
- Making sure you as either a person with autism or as a carer or family member are supported is important
- You can find support online or in person
- Being involved in a support group can let you get information from people in a similar situation
Autism associations across Australia provide information and offer access to workshops and support groups for people diagnosed with autism but also for parents, carers and siblings. Find the autism association in your State or Territory below and contact them to find out what groups they run.
Australian Capital Territory
Marymead Autism Centre Rheinberger Centre
Corner of Weston and Loch Streets, Yarralumla ACT 2600
P: 1800 427 920
Support groups offered: Autism Carers Support Group, Sibworks, Men’s Autism Support Group, The Canberra Autism Women’s Group, Grandparents and Extended Family, Partners’ Support Group, Partner’s Support Group.
New South Wales
Aspect (Autism Spectrum Australia)
Building 1/ Level 2
14 Aquatic Drive, Frenchs Forest NSW 2086
P: 1800 277 328
Shop 19, Nightcliff Shopping Centre,
Dick Ward Drive, Nightcliff NT 0814
P: 08 8948 4424
Autism Queensland (head office)
437 Hellawell Road, Sunnybank Hills QLD 4109
P: 07 3273 0000
Support groups offered: Sibling Program and Circle of Security
Autism SA (head office)
1/262 Marion Road, Netley SA, 5037
P: 1300 288 476
Support groups offered: Family Support based on location
Hobart office: 21 Goulburn Street, Hobart TAS 7000
P: 03 6231 2745
Launceston office: 59d Amy Road, Newstead, TAS 7250
P: 03 6344 1212
Support groups offered: Autism Warriors, Young Adult Peer Support Group, NDIS Peer Support Groups
Amaze (previously Autism Victoria)
24 Drummond St, Carlton VIC 3053
P: 1300 308 699
Autism Association of Western Australia
215 Stubbs Terrace, Shenton Park WA 6008
P: 08 9489 8900
Support groups offered: Parent Coffee Groups And Playgroups For Children
You can find a wide range of information on autism on the internet, including websites offering support and information.
ASAN (Autistic Self Advocacy Network)
Not for profit autism advocacy organisation run by and for autistic people.
Autism Awareness Australia
Providing targeted educational programs to families, professionals and the broader community.
P: 1300 900 681
National online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers.
P: 1800 422 737
I Can Network
Empowering young people on the Autism Spectrum with an 'I CAN' attitude.
Free support groups for parents and carers of children with disabilities. Groups are not diagnosis specific.
A volunteer community group dedicated to improving the lives of autistic girls and women through raising awareness and social activities.
Autism Community Network (ACN) - supporting individuals and families in New South Wales 273 Fowler Road Illawong NSW 2234
P: 02 9543 9036
Autism Advisory and Support Service
Empowering children and adults with autism and their families through knowledge and support, AAAS provides support groups, advocacy and information.
88 Memorial Avenue, Liverpool NSW 2170
P: 24 Hour Autism Hotline 1300 222 777
3 Balaclava Street, Woolloongabba Qld 4102
PO Box 8072
P: 1300 273 435
Online forums are a great way to engage with parents, carers, family, friends and people with autism for support and advice. Start the conversation today by exploring these Facebook forums.
What resources do you use to get support? Tell us in the comment section below.