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Supporting Carers in Southern NSW

Carers ACT is funded by the Australian Government to provide support to family and friend carers in Southern NSW.  Our purpose is to nurture, connect and empower carers through practical support such as arranging replacement care so carers can have a break.

We support more than 1000 carers each year from areas in the Southern Highlands of NSW as indicated in the map below.

- SHRCC region map

In this region, we are funded by the Australian Government to:

We can also assist with

A Useful Reference Guide for Carer Supports and Services in Southern NSW



Organising Respite

Our staff can help you choose from the available respite options and directly arrange bookings for many services. Respite services usually involve a nominal fee and we can find out if financial assistance is available to help you to cover the cost.

Illawarra Carer Respite Retreat

We host two retreats per year where the carer is able to bring along the person they care for. To find out about our respite retreats, call us on 1800 052 222

Mental health respite

Short term respite options for carers of relatives with mental illness, autism or intellectual disability

Young carers respite

Providing support to carers aged under 25 to stay in school, help at home and have some fun. For more information about our Young Carers program, go to Support for Young Carers



  • Carers must be registered with our service.  For more information, visit Register as a Carer
  • You must be the main carer (except in the case of young carers needing educational support)
  • You provide ongoing care to a person who is frail aged, has a chronic illness or disability for at least six months (except for palliative care).

Not all the services and supports offered by Carers ACT are available to residents of Southern NSW due to geographical restrictions of our funding (for example, counselling). In this instance, we will refer NSW carers to their local support network or to Carers NSW.

If you are in doubt about what supports you can access, please contact our team  on 1800 052 222


How to Access Support

The first step to accessing support is to register with Carers ACT.

Please call us on  1800 052 222 and one of our advisory team will ask you a series of questions about your caring situation.  This phone call takes approximately 40 minutes.



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