Respite Support for Carers of Young People with Severe or Profound Disability (RSCYP)

Transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

RSCYP funding is transitioning to the NDIS. As the NDIS rolls out, this program will progressively close down. Find out more about carer support in the NDIS.

RSCYP provides immediate and short-term respite for carers of young people with a severe or profound disability whose needs are not being met through existing state or territory government initiatives.

RSCYP benefits carers of people under 30 years of age and those experiencing significant stress in caring for a person with a disability under 65 years of age.

In the NDIS

RSCYP funding is transitioning to the NDIS. Carers can continue to access respite supports as part of the NDIS participant’s plan. This can be either directly through short-term accommodation options or indirectly through personal care supports provided in the participants’ home, or other community based participation and capacity building supports.

It is important the person you care for starts the process now and tests their eligibility for the NDIS to access the supports you and they need into the future. Find out how to apply for the NDIS and contact the NDIA on 1800 800 110 or talk to your support worker or provider who can also assist you.

Carer needs are considered as part of the NDIS participant’s planning process.

Find out more about how families and carers are supported in the NDIS.

New services for carers

The Australian Government is investing into a range of new early-intervention supports and services for carers as part of the Integrated Carer Support Service (ICSS) model.

The ICSS will introduce a range of new, expanded and improved supports and services, and represents a fundamental shift from the current crisis-driven system. ICSS focuses on tailored early intervention and prevention support for carers to increase their skills, reduce stress and help them plan for the future.

These new services will be rolled out in two phases.

  1. New digital services for carers are currently being rolled out through the Australian Government’s Carer Gateway website, including:
    • digital counselling services to help carers manage daily challenges, reduce stress and strain, and plan for the future
    • online peer support, connecting carers with other carers for knowledge and experience sharing, emotional support and mentoring
    • online coaching resources with simple techniques and strategies for goal-setting and future planning
    • educational resources to increase skills and knowledge of carers relating to specific caring situations, to build confidence and improve wellbeing.
  2. From September 2019, carers will be able to access local support and services through a new network of Carer Gateway regional delivery partners. Local services will include:
    • needs assessment and planning
    • targeted financial support packages with a focus on supporting participation in employment and education
    • in-person and phone-based coaching, counselling and peer support
    • information and advice
    • access to emergency crisis support
    • assistance with navigating relevant, local services available to carers through federal, state and local government and non-government providers, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme, My Aged Care and palliative care.

Continuity of Support

Continuity of Support (CoS) will be provided for existing RSCYP clients when the person they care for is ineligible for the NDIS. CoS will support these clients to achieve similar outcomes to those they were aiming to achieve prior to the introduction of the scheme.

RSCYP clients can receive CoS through the Integrated Carer Support Service from September 2019.

For more information about accessing respite services, phone the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222.

For providers

RSCYP providers can guide clients through the transition to the NDIS, and it is important you encourage your clients to seek access to the NDIS for the person they care foronce it becomes available in their area.

As a provider, you will have an interest in guiding your clients through the transition. This is also a requirement of your grant agreement. You will be funded to maintain services for RSCYP clients until the person they care for has an NDIS plan in place.

RSCYP providers are encouraged to register with the NDIS.

Download and share resources with staff and clients

The following stories and resources help to explain the types of supports available for carers under the NDIS.


The RSCYP activity is delivered by the national network of Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres.

The activity:

  • provides immediate and short-term respite to carers of young people with severe or profound disability
  • facilitates access to information, respite care and other support or assistance appropriate to the individual needs and circumstances of both carers and care recipients
  • focuses on carer needs and allows carers to exercise choice and control over their respite care arrangements
  • supports carers whose needs are not being met through existing Australian Government or state/territory government initiatives
  • aims to alleviate unmet demand for short-term and unplanned respite care that currently causes significant stress to carers.

By contributing to the support and maintenance of caring relationships, this activity aims to have a positive impact on the wellbeing of families who have a younger family member with a severe or profound disability.

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