“Even though everyone has children with different diagnoses, we all support and learn from each other.”

MyTime groups are for all parents and family carers of children aged under 18 years who need a higher level of care than other children. This may be because of disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition.

MyTime groups are not restricted to parents of children with particular additional needs – there are not specific MyTime groups for autism spectrum disorder or cerebral palsy, for example. All groups are open to all parents and carers. In some circumstances, you may be eligible to attend MyTime even if your child doesn't have a diagnosis.

“It’s so helpful sharing with other parents, and discovering that even if their child's issues are different that many of the situations that they encounter are the same.”

Children below school age are welcome to attend with their parents or carers. A play helper will be on hand to engage these children in play.

What if I’m not eligible?

Generally, if someone is not eligible to join MyTime but wants to attend, they are free to attend as a guest. Attendance of guests, such as babysitters and grandparents, is at the discretion of the group and its facilitator, and members take priority over guests if groups approach maximum capacity.

It is not usually possible to accommodate members’ school-age children, although individual groups and their facilitators may make exceptions.

It’s best to discuss any questions you have about MyTime eligibility directly with the coordinator of your local group.

If you are unable to attend your group with your child, it may be worth exploring other options for support such as respite, so you can attend MyTime by yourself. For more information about respite go to:

If your child is 18 and over we would encourage you to contact the Carers Association in your state to explore other options for you.