Children with additional needs

Inclusion support

Community Child Care Association (CCC) has been appointed as the Victorian-preferred provider for the State-wide delivery of the Federal Government Inclusion Support Programme that commenced on 1 July 2016.

Find out more about Inclusion Agency in Victoria

CCC is delivering the programme as the lead agency of the Victorian Inclusion Agency Consortium, with partners KU Children's Services and Yooralla.  They work collaboratively with education and care services to enhance their capacity and capability in inclusive practice. CCC's vision is for services to be well resourced so that they can be reflective of and responsive to all children and families in their communities.

Information on the Inclusion Support Programme is available on the Department of Education and Training website

Home and Community Care Program for Younger People 

The Home and Community Care Program for Younger People provides support for people with disabilities whose capacity for independent living is at risk. It is available to people up to the age of 65 years.

Services are for younger people with moderate, severe or profound disabilities and their unpaid carers. Younger people are encouraged to test their eligibility with the National Disability Insurance Scheme prior to accessing support services

Accessing services

For further information contact mecwacare on 8573 4640..


Access for All Abilities Play (AAA Play)

Access for All Abilities Play is which assists people of all ages with a disability to become involved in sport and recreation. With personal assistance from AAA Play, new sporting challenges can now be discovered. See the Access for All Abilities Play website for details or call 1800 222 842.

Accessible Play Space

Eltham Lower Park
Main Road, Eltham (Mel Ref 21 H10)

Eltham Lower Park has an accessible play space with an all-abilities harness seat on the swings and flying fox, elevated sand trays for wheelchair access, tactile panels with Braille and Auslan symbols throughout the site and concrete pathways throughout the area. See Eltham Lower Park Accessible Play Space for details.

Liberty Swing

Eltham North Reserve Adventure Playground
Wattletree Road, Eltham North (Mel Ref 11 J12)

The Liberty Swing allows children in wheelchairs the opportunity to experience the joy of having a swing in the park. It is fully lockable and allows a maximum swing height. The swing is located at the Eltham North Adventure Playground which has accessible amenities and concrete pathway from the carpark.

You will need a key to access the liberty swing. For details see the Master Locksmith Access Key page 

Living & Learning Nillumbik

Living & Learning Nillumbik offers a range of inclusive activities including social and community connections, pottery, SingAbility, men's arts for health, well-being and confidence and work skills in the food garden. 

Day Centres

Activities and rehabilitation services are available for the people with a disability.

Melbourne City Mission Retirement Centre

Judge Book Village
Diamond Street, Eltham
9431 0100

Eltham Day Centre
Nillumbik Community Health Service
917 Main Road, Eltham
9431 1333

Bundoora Extended Care Centre

1231 Plenty Road, Bundoora
9495 3100

Sensitive Santa Project

Some children on the Autism Spectrum may find a visit to Santa challenging. The Sensitive Santa Project is run partnership with Banyule City Council, The City of Whittlesea and Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries. It's a quiet space with low lighting, no music and wonderfully trained volunteers, including Santa and photographers from the Diamond Valley Photographic Society who do a great job capturing natural interactions for the families to take home on a USB.

Families provide information about their child, interests their siblings and experiences to ensure when families arrive for their 20 minute session, everyone is able to provide the best experience possible.

Enjoy the wonderful Stephen Fox, our volunteer Sensitive Santa in this heart-warming YouTube video

Recharge TM

The RECHARGE Scheme encouraging local businesses to provide a power point so customers who use an electric scooter or wheelchair can recharge their battery.

For point locations see the RECHARGE scheme website

Community Inclusion Advisory Committee and Community Network

This Community Network is open to all community members, service organisations, businesses and education providers who represent a cross-section of our local geographical area and have an interest in disability issues.

To participate in the Community Network contact 

Contact us

If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can access the following services through NRS.

TTY users: 133 677
Internet Relay users:
Once connected to the NRS, ask to be transferred to the Coordinator, Community Inclusion, 9433 3355 or email
Phone 1300 555 727 if you use a regular handset and find it difficult for others to understand you at times.