Some carers may benefit from formal support in the form of counselling and respite.
‘Respite’ is when you are given a break by another carer who takes on your role for an amount of time. Respite can be in the home of the person you care for or in an overnight care facility. Carers may be able to access help around the home to assist with domestic tasts and running errands.
To access such services speak with your Social Worker, GP or contact Carers Australia on Freecall 1800 242 636 www.carersaustralia.com.au
Centrelink Carers Payment/ Allowance
Most carers are eligible to receive the Carer Allowance through Centrelink. The current payment is $115.40 per fortnight. This payment is not means-tested. Only one person caring for the person can claim this payment.
Some carers may be eligible for the Carer Payment. The current payment amount varies from $566.60 to $751.70 per fortnight, depending on your situation.
To claim the payment you need to either:
· Lodge an Intent to Claim online
· Or, call the Carers line on 132 717
· Or, visit your nearest Centrelink Service Centre
You will be given forms which need to be completed and returned within 14 days. Please hand the Medical Report section to your Social Worker and they will get a doctor to complete them.
Centrelink Carers webpage: www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/themes/carers