Client Referral Form [PDF 156KB] [Word 293KB]

Referrals to the Child Development Service are through the Intake Service which operates Monday to Friday 9.00am to 3.30pm.

Parents and guardians are able to refer their child to the Child Development Service. With parent/ guardian permission, others may make a referral, including early childhood educators, teachers, GPs, nurses, paediatricians and case workers.

For autism assessments a referral from a paediatrician or psychiatrist is required.

Speech Pathology and Physiotherapy Drop-In Clinics are also available at Holder or through the Child and Family Centres.


Children are eligible for the Child Development Service when they live in the ACT, meet the age criteria and there are concerns relating to their development. Concerns may relate to the development of skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • communication e.g. talking and understanding language, stuttering; social interactions
  • movement/ physical e.g. rolling, sitting, walking, and other gross motor/ fine motor skills;
  • self care e.g. dressing, eating, toileting; and
  • sensory processing where a child experiences extreme reactions to everyday sensory information impacting on the child’s ability to participate in everyday activities.

The Child Development Service is committed to assisting families who experience disadvantage relating to cultural, social and financial factors.


The Child Development Service is a free service provided by the ACT Government. Some specialist services, such as Paediatrician services may be bulk billed through Medicare.

The Child Development Service is located in Holder, at 26 Weingarth Street.

Phone: (02) 6205 1246
Fax: (02) 6205 1266