Carers in Australia can now find new supports and services, as well as clear advice and tips, on the new Carer Gateway website. If you care for a family member or friend, then Carer Gateway could help you.
The new Carer Gateway:
- provides practical information and advice – the website has been rewritten to make it easy for carers to find the information they need. Carer Gateway has lots of information for carers, including what payments you can get; how you can take a break; and help and advice on your role, managing day to day, and planning for the future
- provides free counselling services – you can talk with a professional counsellor if you are feeling stressed or if you need advice. You can arrange to talk with a counsellor over the phone or in person.
- lets you connect with other carers through an online forum – you can join the carer forum to be part of an online community and get support and advice from other carers in your situation
- provides free online coaching and skills courses to help you in your role – you can work through interactive online coaching sessions or courses at your own pace. You can find a range of topics to help you in your caring role
The Minister for Family and Social Services, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston also recently announced the development of a new regional network of Carer Gateway service providers who will start services from April 2020.