The following organisations also provide support for families considering options for the future care of a person with disability.
Carers Australia represents the needs and interests of carers at the national level through:
- advocating for carers needs and interests in the public arena
- influencing government and stakeholder policies and programs at the national level through conducting research and pilot projects, giving presentations and participating in a wide range of enquiries, reviews and policy forums
- networking and forming strategic partnerships with other organisations to achieve positive outcomes for carers
- providing carers with information and education resources, undertaking community awareness raising activities and coordinating and facilitating joint work between the state and territory organisations on matters of national significance.
Carers Australia works with a network of carers associations in each state and territory to improve the lives of carers and to support carers of people with disability, a mental health problem, chronic condition or who are frail aged. They may offer workshops or case management to assist carers with future planning.
Centrelink's Financial Information Service
Centrelink's Financial Information Service (FIS) can help people with disability and their carers manage their financial affairs. The service is available to everyone in the community and helps people make informed decisions about investment and financial issues for their current and future financial needs.
FIS is independent, free and confidential, and offers seminars, and phone and face-to-face interviews. Home visits are possible if required. A Centrelink FIS officer can assist clients to understand their own financial affairs, help plan effectively for retirement and show how to maximise their overall retirement income.
A number of FIS seminars are offered in a range of locations across Australia. For more information about FIS and the national seminar booking line, phone 136 357 or visit the Centrelink website.
To contact a FIS Officer phone 132 300.