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Support for family and carers

There are many organisations and services throughout Queensland that can assist people in their role as a family member or carer for a person with a life-limiting illness.

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Respite care

Respite care is a form of support for carers. It gives the opportunity to have a break from a caring role for a few hours or days or for longer periods, depending on the carer’s needs, the needs of the person they care for, eligibility, budget and the services are available in their area. It may be centre-based at a day centre or residential care facility, or home–based.

Find out more about accessing short–term relief for carers:

Financial support

Your patient’s carer may be eligible for an Australian Government payment for carers if they provide daily care to somebody with a terminal illness.

Carer Payment provides financial support to people who are unable to work in substantial paid employment because they provide full time daily care to someone with severe disability or medical condition, or to someone who is frail aged.

Carer Allowance is a fortnightly income supplement for parents or carers providing additional daily care and attention to an adult or dependent child with disability or a medical condition, or to someone who is frail aged. Carer Allowance is not income and assets tested, is not taxable and can be paid in addition to wages, Carer Payment or any other income support payment.

Carer Supplement is an annual lump sum payment to help you with the costs of caring for a person with disability or a medical condition if you are receiving Carer Payment or Carer Allowance.

The Queensland Government's Carer Business Discount Card recognises and supports carers, including approved foster and kinship carers, by providing discounts on goods and services at participating businesses throughout Queensland.

To be eligible for a Carer Business Discount Card, the carer must:

  • Be approved as a foster or kinship carer by the Queensland Government Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, or
  • Be a resident of Queensland whose Queensland residential address is registered with Centrelink and who receives the Centrelink Carer Payment or Carer Allowance.

Support groups and organisations

Find out about support services for all carers, with some additional services specific to groups such as parents and grandparents, older and younger carers, and carers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Young carers

Young carers are children and young people aged up to 25 who provide significant assistance for a relative or friend. Taking on an assisting role at a young age can have a dramatic impact on a young person—as well as the person who accepts their care and others involved in their lives. Find out more about support for young carers.

Last updated: 10 October 2017