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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.


You can  phone these agencies for emergency help.

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

During business hours, phone 1800 052 222
After business hours, phone 1800 059 059

Other support, including crisis counselling, 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

On this site


Respite care - under 18s with disability

Other websites

Carers SA

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