New services for carers announced
On 5 March 2018, Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan announced an additional $85.6 million to fund new supports and services to benefit Australia’s unpaid carers.
The additional funding will provide carers with access to a range of early-intervention supports to help manage their daily challenges, reduce stress and plan for the future.
The new funding of $85.6 million builds on the existing funding provided by the Australian Government for carer supports and services.
These new services form part of the Integrated Carer Support Service. The Integrated Carer Support Service will be rolled out in two phases.
From October 2018, carers will be able to access new digital services including peer support, counselling, coaching and educational resources through the Government’s Carer Gateway service.
From September 2019, the Government will establish a new network of Regional Delivery Partners across Australia to help carers access a range of new and improved local services such as needs assessments, targeted financial support, information and advice, tailored counselling and coaching, and crisis support where required.
Access to carer support through current service providers will continue until the commencement of the new Regional Delivery Partners from September 2019.
For information and advice on carer support and services, visit carergateway.gov.au anytime, or call 1800 422 737 between 8am-6pm on weekdays.
To provide the additional funding for these new services, the Australian Government will introduce a $250,000 family income test threshold to the Carer Allowance payment from 20 September 2018, aligning it with other welfare payments. Around 99 per cent of Carer Allowance recipients will have no change to their payment under this new scheme.
To find out more about Carer Allowance and your eligibility for this payment:
- visit your nearest Centrelink office
- telephone 132 717, or
- visit the Department of Human Services website.