Additional fund boost assist unpaid carers

Unpaid carers to receive assistance via additional support services.
Unpaid carers to receive assistance via additional support services.

Unpaid carers doing it tough would benefit from $85.6 million in additional funding for support services.

The new support services were in recognition of the important contribution unpaid carers were providing to their families in the Wakefield region.

From October this year, carers will be able to access new supports and services through the Australian Government’s Carer Gateway website, including peer support, counselling, coaching, and educational resources.

From September 2019, the Australian Government will establish a network of Regional Delivery Partners to help carers access a range of local services such as needs assessments, targeted financial support, information and advice, tailored counselling and coaching, and crisis support where required.

The new services will be funded by a $250,000 family income test threshold to the Carer Allowance payment.

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan further explained that 99 per cent of Carer Allowance recipients would have no change to their payment under the latest threshold.