Community consultation closes at 5pm (AEST) on August 29. All members of the community are welcome to provide feedback.

A draft version of the National Guideline for supporting the learning, participation, and wellbeing of autistic children and their families in Australia is now available for community feedback.

The draft Guideline has been developed over a period of nine months by the 15 member Guideline Development Group

We've systematically reviewed the research evidence, engaged in a range of community consultation activities, and then followed a structured and transparent process to turn this information into a set of draft Recommendations and Good Practice Points.

The next stage of the community consultation is now open!

What you will find

From this webpage you will be able to access the following:

Learn more

To learn more about the process behind the Guideline development to-date, including the community consultation, and what to expect from the draft Guideline, you can watch the webinar Understanding the Supporting Children National Guideline or find out more about the development of the Guideline.

Draft Guideline for public consultation

Share your feedback on the Draft National Guideline for supporting the learning, participation, and wellbeing of autistic children and their families in Australia

Download the draft Give feedback

Supporting information

Supporting evidence

A summary of the evidence that informed each of the Recommendations and Good Practice Points. Includes a summary of the judgments that the Guideline development group made when formulating each of those Recommendations and associated Good Practice Points.

Download the supporting evidence

Administration and technical report

Outlines each of the steps that have been taken in developing the draft Guideline consistent with the National Health and Medical Research Council's guideline for guidelines.

Download the report

Easy Read of Guiding Principles

An easy read version of the Guiding Principles of the Guideline

Download the Guidiing Principles

Understanding the Supporting Children National Guideline

Learn more about the process behind the Guideline development to-date, including the community consultation, and what to expect from the draft Guideline you can watch the webinar.

Watch the webinar 

The development of the Guideline

We've systematically reviewed the research evidence, engaged in a range of community consultation activities, and and then followed a structured and transparent process to turn this information into a set of draft Recommendations and Good Practice Points. The initial round of consultation was completed in April 2022. Community consultation activities were undertaken with parents and caregivers, service providers, and the broader autism community, children and young people on the autism spectrum, and autistic people of all ages who communicate primarily in ways other than speech.