Caring is a rewarding experience, but it can also be very demanding and sometimes carers need extra help and support. This page provides links to information and help available for carers.

Page last updated: 02 October 2013

National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP)

The National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP) is designed to support and assist carers. Cares are friends or family members caring at home for people who are unable to care for themselves because of disability or frailty.

The Program provides:
  • information and support for carers; and
  • assistance to help carers take a break from caring (this is called respite).
The NRCP is a national program that funds:
  • More than 500 community based Respite Services;
  • Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres; and
  • The National Carer Counselling Program.

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres (CCRCs)

CCRCs provide a link to a wide range of community, aged care and support services available locally or across Australia, Centres provide information about services for older people, people with a disability, and those who provide care. Centres can also help carers with options to take a break through short-term and emergency respite services (based on assessed need). They can also provide advice and coordinate access to respite services in a carer’s local area.

Call your nearest Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222.

Further Carer Information

To find out about NRCP services in your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre.

Further information and support available for carers includes: