Integrated Carer Support Service

New services to benefit Australia’s unpaid carers will be introduced from October 2018.

The new services will focus on providing carers with access to early-intervention, preventative and skill building supports, to improve carers well-being and better long-term outcomes.

These new services form part of the Integrated Carer Support Service (ICSS) that will provide carers with new and improved supports and services.

Implementation of the ICSS will be undertaken in two phases.

From October 2018, new digital services for carers will be rolled out through the 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.

From September 2019, the Government will establish a new network of Regional Delivery Partners across Australia to help carers access new and improved local and targeted services including:

  • needs assessment and planning;
  • targeted financial support packages with a focus on supporting employment, education, respite access and transport;
  • in-person and phone-based coaching, counselling and peer support;
  • information and advice;
  • access to emergency crisis support; and
  • 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.

A fact sheet on the Integrated Carer Support Service provides further information.

The Department of Social Services (the Department) will be providing the sector with regular updates and undertaking further consultation with key stakeholders and carers as the ICSS implementation progresses.

Implementation

On 14 March 2018 two Request for Tenders (RFTs) were released on AusTender seeking responses from suppliers for the delivery of the following services:

Industry briefings on the Carer Coaching and Carer Counselling and Online Peer Support RFTs were conducted via a national Webinar on Monday 19 March 2019.

Consultation

As part of the ongoing consultation process during the ICSS implementation, the Department is conducting an online consultation to seek feedback on proposed options for the regional delivery model for the ICSS.

The discussion paper, Integrated Carer Support Service: Regional Delivery Partners: A draft regional delivery model, is available on the Department’s DSS Engage website.

The consultation period will be open for submissions in response to the discussion paper, from Monday 9 April and will close on Friday 11 May 2018.

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