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Support for carers

You are a carer if you provide unpaid ongoing support to family or friends with a disability, age-related or chronic illness including mental illness.

Carers can be partners, parents, children, friends, neighbours or colleagues and come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

Providing ongoing care can affect physical and mental health. It is important to get information and help and know your rights if you are a carer.

Types of support

Help and support available to you includes respite care and a range of other non-respite supports.

Respite care

Respite care enables you to take time out from your responsibilities as a primary carer.

This respite might be for a few hours, a day, overnight or longer, and might involve the person you care for leaving the home or having a temporary carer providing in-home care.

Non-respite support is often provided by local carer support organisations and may include:

  • support groups
  • retreats
  • counselling
  • information and referral.

Support in emergencies

Crisis helplines

Find out who to phone for emergency help.

Respite care

For emergency respite care, phone a Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC).

During business hours - 1800 052 222
After business hours - 1800 059 059

For other support, including crisis counselling, that may be available phone Carers SA on 1800 242 636

Carer Gateway

Carer Gateway is a national service funded by the Australian Government. Carer Gateway includes a website and phone service for carers to access practical information and support.

Phone 1800 422 737 (weekdays 8.00 am to 6.00 pm)

Local support

Find services in your local area:

Information in a different language

Translated information about caring is available in:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Persian
  • Vietnamese.

For other languages, phone the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50.

Related Information

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Other websites

Carers SA

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