A new autism test will be added as part of Australia’s national autism screening program, according to Health Minister David Davis.
A spokeswoman for the Minister said the government would introduce the test in the first half of next year.
The test, developed by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW), will assess whether a child has autism or is at risk of developing it.
Ms Davis said the testing would be voluntary and would take place at community clinics.
“It’s important that we ensure we are making the best use of the time that we have,” she said.
Australia’s autism prevalence has been rising over the past decade, with more than a third of the population considered to have autism.
More than 15 per cent of children with autism are under the age of five.
It is estimated that up to 25,000 people with autism will require specialist care for the next 10 years.