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

About this activity

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

The activity is delivered by the national network of Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres (CRCCs).

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; and
  • 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.

Intersection with the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Services provided under the RSCYP activity will transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as the scheme rolls out. Services for carers in NDIS sites must be accessed by their care recipients through the NDIS. For more information visit the NDIS website.

Information Sheet for Providers

Providers seeking more information on transition of the RSCYP activity can access the RSCYP Fact Sheet above or visit the NDIS website.

More information

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

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