Young Carers Respite and Information Services (YCRISP)

Transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The direct respite component of YCRISP funding is transitioning to the NDIS. As states and territories come on to the NDIS, and as the Carer Gateway regional delivery partners are established, this program will be progressively closed down. Find out more about carer support in the NDIS.

YCRISP provides one-off assistance to students with a significant caring role who need support to complete their secondary education or vocational equivalent due to the demands of their caring role.

YCRISP has two components:

  • Respite and education support services – assists students up to and including 18 years of age with a significant caring role to access respite and age appropriate educational support. These services are delivered by the national network of 54 Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres (CRCCs).
  • Information, referral and advice services – supports students with a significant caring role up to and including 25 years of age with information, advice and referral services, including referral to counselling. These services are delivered by Carers Australia and the network of state and territory Carers Associations.

In the NDIS

The respite component of YCRISP funding is transitioning to the NDIS. Young 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 participant’s home or other community based participation and capacity building supports.

The Department will continue to provide educational support and information, advice and referral services for students who have a significant caring role under the Integrated Carer Support Service.

It's important the person you care for receiving respite services under the YCRISP program tests their eligibility for the NDIS as it comes into place in your location. To start the process, find out how to apply and contact the NDIA on 1800 800 110 or talk to your support worker or provider who can also assist you.

Once an eligible NDIS participant has an approved plan in place, carer needs are considered as part of the NDIS participant’s planning process.

New services for carers

The Australian Government is investing in a new range of 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, and
    • 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 NDIS, My Aged Care and palliative care.

Continuity of Support

Continuity of Support (CoS) will be provided for existing YCRISP 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.

YCRISP 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

The direct respite component (young carers) of YCRISP is transitioning to the NDIS. Providers should support their clients and the person they care for transition to the NDIS.

For providers, this transition will mean a gradual redirection in program funding for direct respite services, as more clients become participants in the NDIS. From 1 July 2016, providers delivering direct respite services to a person caring for a NDIS participant claims the cost of providing that service from the NDIS.

There will be significant opportunities for providers under the NDIS. In exercising choice and control, NDIS participants will be looking for quality providers that deliver the services they want, and in a format that best meets their needs. Providers are encouraged to register as providers in the NDIS.


Direct respite includes types of assistance where the primary purpose is meeting the needs of carers by providing a break from their caring responsibilities. A service or multiple services, are arranged, booked or purchased to ensure the carer has a substitute available for the person to whom they normally provide care. The Department of Social Services will continue to provide educational support and information, advice and referral services for students who have a significant caring role under the ICSS.

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