Online Client Referral

The ACT Government’s Child Development Service assists families who live in the ACT and have concerns about their child’s development.

This may include concerns about a child developing skills slower than others of the same age in areas such as, speech and language, movement, hand skills, self care, and social development.

The Child Development Service offers assessment, referral, information and linkages for children 0-6 years where there are concerns relating to their development. The Child Development Service is an assessment and referral service. Should children require early intervention supports the Child Development Service refer families to the NDIA Early Childhood Early Intervention service partner, EACH

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.

The Service also provides Autism assessment for children aged up to 12 years. For autism assessments a referral from a paediatrician or psychiatrist is required.

Drop In Clinics

Speech Pathology Drop-In Clinic and Physiotherapy Drop-In Clinic 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