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Support for Carers in Australia

By Dr Jocelyn Lowinger

Carers provide emotional, social and financial support to their friends, family and loved ones who have a disability, illness or frailty due to age.

Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, but it also has emotional and physical challenges. As such, it is important for carers of all ages and backgrounds to make sure they look after themselves.


The information on this page can help carers find the practical and emotional help and support that they need:


Advisory, counselling and respite services for carers

  • The Carer Advisory Service provides advice on access to specialised information and services, including respite, counselling and carer support groups. This service is available in a range of languages—Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Croatian, Dinka, Greek, Hindi, Khmer, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese. Call 1800 242 636 for more information.
  • The National Carer Counselling Program is run by Carers Australia and provides short-term counselling services for assistance with the coping skills necessary for committed care. Contact your State and Territory Carers Association for details or call 1800 242 636.
  • The National Respite for Carers Program supports and encourages carers of older Australians and those with disabilities to take time out from their caring role. For information call 1800 052 222.
  • Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres provide information on carer support, disability and community services. Contact your nearest Centre on 1800 052 222.


Different types of carers:

Financial assistance

For information on financial assistance for carers see the Department of Human Services Website.


Further reading about carers and their needs is available at:


Jocelyn is a doctor and professional health and medical writer with 20 years’ experience in the health industry. She has extensive experience in a range of approaches to improving the delivery of healthcare such as clinical governance, quality use of medicines, and developing high-quality health communications for consumers and health professionals.