About this program
- provides immediate and short-term respite to carers of young people with severe or profound disability
- facilitates access to information, respite care and other support or assistance appropriate to the individual needs and circumstances of both carers and care recipients
- focuses on carer needs and allows carers to exercise choice and control over their respite care arrangements
- supports carers whose needs are not being met through existing Australian Government or state/territory government initiatives
- expects to alleviate unmet demand for short-term and unplanned respite care that currently causes significant stress to carers.
By contributing to the support and maintenance of caring relationships this program will have a positive impact on the wellbeing of families who have a younger family member with severe or profound disability.
Funding for the program in 2012-13 is $9 million.
Who will benefit from this program
This program assists carers:
- of young people with severe or profound disability under 30 years of age
- who experience significant stress in caring for a person with disability where both are under 65 years of age.
For more information about respite services phone the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222.