Government response to preliminary recommendations of Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety welcomed

Carers Australia welcomes the Government’s recent announcement and action on the many issues identified within the interim report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

As has been amply highlighted in the report, the shortage of Home Care Packages, and particularly the availability of packages at higher assessed level of need, has resulted in insupportable waiting times for aged Australians to receive the assistance they require to remain in their own homes.  


Push to double the number of mental health sessions on Medicare

A leading mental health academic has called for the government to double the number of subsidised sessions people can have with a psychologist, making adequate treatment for people with "full blown" mental illness the priority.

But others want the scheme broadened to include people without a diagnosis of mental illness as "preventative" health care, and to expand the range of funded treatments to counselling and psychotherapy.

Read more here from the Sydney Morning Herald.


Join the new Carer Support Network!

Carers Australia has developed a new Carer Support Network website to support carers of people about to enter into, or already engaged with, the NDIS. The site enables carers to talk to other carers who have had experience with the NDIS, as well as offering information about the NDIS and available carer supports.

We will be soon be adding a webinar function enabling carer support groups to meet online and chat at no cost.

Register with the Carer Support Network today to connect with other carers and learn from their experiences. You can also become a Peer Partner and share your lived experience with the NDIS to help other carers.

For more information email us at [email protected]


‘Just because someone is living with a physical disability, doesn't mean they should miss out on what the world has to offer.’

The ABC reports on a father and son team who have turned some of their customised gear into an invention they hope will help other people with physical disabilities be more active.


Are you an LGBTIQ carer? Find support and services to help you

Although lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) carers face the same challenges as any other carer, they may experience additional challenges such as discrimination against their sexual orientation, a lack of recognition of their gender identity or intersex status, or of their relationship and caring role.

Through the Government’s Carer Gateway, LGBTIQ carers can access trusted information including practical tips on how to access respite care, financial assistance, and links to organisations that provide health related programs and services for the LGBTIQ community.

Carer Gateway provides services including carer support, planning, coaching and counselling, as well as informative videos and free online resources specifically for carers. Also available on the website is a guided relaxation audio recording and information brochures and posters for use by health and community groups.

To ensure information is of the highest standard, Carer Gateway works with information partners, such as the LGBTI Health Alliance, who provide quality, trusted content for publication on the website.

To find out more, Carer Gateway can be contacted on 1800 422 737, Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm local time, or by visiting


Young Carers Bursary Program – Update


Carers Australia’s Young Carer Bursary Program supports young carers to continue with their education by providing bursaries of $3,000 each year.

For the upcoming 2020 academic year, we received over 1,000 Young Carer Bursary applications, and the first payments to successful applicants will be made in January.

If you or someone you know has applied for the bursary and have not returned your verification documents, please contact our team on 1800 756 238 or email [email protected]


Shout Out to Young Carers

Each year during National Carers Week, Carers Australia invites organisations and educational institutions to hold an event recognising young carers and the contribution they make to our community. This year almost 4,000 people attended 15 events around Australia, including morning tea celebrations, a walk-a-thon and a picnic lunch.

Carers Australia would like to acknowledge the participation of Bundaberg State High School, Cardijn College, Carers and Disability Link, Carers ACT, Carers Queensland, Carers SA, Chisholm Institute, Holroyd School, Lakeland SHS, Lynall Hall Community School, Mentone Grammar School, Saint Ignatius’ College Adelaide, The Carers Foundation Australia and Warruwi School.

For more information please contact our team on 1800 756 238 or email [email protected] for further information.


Our Turn to Speak - a survey for those living with severe and complex mental health issues in Australia

Our Turn to Speak will investigate the lived experiences – both positive and negative – of people affected by severe complex mental health issues. SANE Australia’s Anne Deveson Research Centre (ADRC), in partnership with the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences (MSPS) at the University of Melbourne, is seeking 7,000 people aged 18 and over who have experienced complex mental health issues in the last 12 months.

In order to advocate for better support and to improve social outcomes, SANE is seeking a sample of 7,000 respondents who reflect Australia’s diverse population.

SANE’s ultimate goal is to make a real difference in the lives of people affected by complex mental health issues through support, research and advocacy. They want to understand people’s experiences across a broad range of areas, including: housing, employment, education, healthcare and relationships.

More than 690,000 Australians aged 18 and over live with complex mental health issues. Our Turn to Speak will explore if and how these issues impact the varied aspects of participants’ lives. The survey findings will inform SANE’s future advocacy efforts, as they work towards improved social outcomes and support for all Australians affected.

Following a short eligibility screening process, participants will be asked to complete a survey that will take about 30 minutes and can be completed online or over the phone between 9am–8pm (AEDT), Monday - Friday.

All responses will be kept confidential, and participants may be offered a $25 electronic gift card as reimbursement for their time.

Participants must be aged 18 years or over and must have experienced severe and complex mental health issues in the last 12 months. To see if you or someone you know is eligible to participate, take a look at the website:


Annual Report 2018-19

We have recently published our Annual Report for this last financial year, which is available for download on our website.