Set out below is an overview of the key 2018-19 federal Budget measures that may affect carers. There may be other relevant measures that are not included in this overview and more detailed information can be found at www.budget.gov.au.
Please note that Budget measures must be passed by Parliament before they can come into effect
The Budget included the measures to design and fund an integrated service delivery system to carers that was announced in by the...
CEO Of Carers Australia
Ara Cresswell is the CEO of Carers Australia, the national peak body representing Australia’s carers, advocating on behalf of Australia’s carers to influence policies and services at a national level. She says that in our lifetimes each of us is likely to either be or need a carer, so taking care of carers is really about taking care of our families, our friends and ourselves.
Carers Australia calls on the Government to increase subsidies for respite care in residential aged care facilities so that family and friend carers can take a break from caring when required.
Other types of respite also need to be made more readily available, including cottage style accommodation for overnight and weekend breaks.
“We have conducted a national survey of organisations that help carers access respite services, which shows an increasing difficulty for carers to find respite care when they need...