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 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
- information and referral.
Support in emergencies
Find out who to phone for emergency help.
For emergency respite care, phone a Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC).
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)
Find services in your local area:
- phone the Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636
- use the Carer Support Finder (click on the magnifying glass and enter your suburb or post code).
Information in a different language
Translated information about caring is available in:
For other languages, phone the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50.