03 Apr 2019
The Federal Government has announced increased support for carers in this week’s 2019 Federal Budget, with extra support for young carers. Key outcomes for carers includes:
- $84 million of additional funds to boost carer services, including respite.
- over 5,000 financial packages valued at up to $3,000 for practical supports.
- up to 25% of all financial packages will be reserved for young carers to support them to stay at school, training or work.
Read more in the Government’s Fact Sheet.
Read more in Carers Australia’s media release.
Read more in Carers Australia’s guide for carers.
The extra $84 million is part of the Australian Government’s $550 million investment over the next four years in the new Integrated Carer Support Service (ICSS). This Service will begin in July 2019 (for online support) and September 2019 (for a new Carer Gateway service provider network).
How will it affect you?
Want to find out more about this new carer support model and how it will affect your current services? Then phone Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737 (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm) or visit www.carergateway.gov.au