Legislative Council: Tuesday, February 07, 2023


Autism SA Grants

202 The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) ().1 December 2022). Can the Minister for Education, Training and Skills advise:

1. What grants have been provided by the Department for Education to Autism SA, and for what purpose, in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022?

2. Will funding be maintained for Autism SA in future years, and will the expectations of Autism SA be consistent with previous years or is the model of support changing?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Education, Training and Skills has advised:

The Department for Education has an agreement with Autism SA to assist the department to deliver the early intervention program and school support program in government and non-government schools and preschools.

The table below shows grant payments made by the Department for Education to Autism SA for the calendar years 2018 to 2022.

Grant Period 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Funding paid (GST Exc) $2,841,767.00 $3,216,129.00 $7,082,358.00 $2,204,500.00 $4,064,125.00

The current grant agreement between the Department for Education and Autism SA commenced in January 2022 and expires in December 2024. The department does not intend to change the current funding and service model within the term of the current agreement.