Research evidence and policy landscape mapping to inform the National Autism Strategy

Published September 2023

The research evidence and policy landscape mapping project aimed to provide a review and synthesis of community views, research evidence, and policy relating to key service areas to be addressed in the National Autism Strategy. 

Research in each service area included:

  • an online survey gaining perspectives of more than 1,000 autistic people, their families/carers, and those who work to support them 
  • an umbrella review summarising research findings reported in systematic reviews
  • a policy review summarising relevant federal, national, and state/territory level policy. 

The integrated findings of each of the three forms of research highlighted gaps, and provided a strong foundation to clearly identify needs, issues and potential solutions.

This report was delivered to the Department of Social Services in early July 2023.