National Respite for Carers Program

The National Respite for Carers Program is one of several initiatives designed to support and assist relatives and friends caring at home for people who are unable to care for themselves because of disability or frailty.

Page last updated: 20 November 2013

Components of the National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP)

Respite Services

Over 550 community-based respite services are delivered to carers and the people they care for in a variety of settings, including homes, day centres, host families and residential overnight cottages.

For information about respite services in your local area and emergency respite support call 1800 052 222.

PDF printable version of NRCP Funded Projects (2012/2013) (PDF 253 KB)

HTML version of NRCP Funded Projects (2012/2013)

NRCP 2012-2014 Expansion Funding Round

The NRCP 2012-2014 Expansion Funding Round (Invitation to Apply DoHA/055/1213) has been finalised.

A list of successful applicants is now available:

PDF Printable version of NRCP 2012-2014 Expansion Funding Round successful applicants (PDF 58 KB)

HTML version of NRCP 2012-2014 Expansion Funding Round successful applicants

General feedback on applications is now available:

PDF Printable version of NRCP 2012-2014 Expansion Funding Round feedback (PDF 30 KB)

HTML version of NRCP 2012-2014 Expansion Funding Round feedback

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres are run by a wide variety of community organisations across Australia. When carers need to take a break from caring, Centres can help by arranging respite. They do this by acting as a single contact for information needed by carers and by organising respite care for carers. Examples of respite care assistance include:
  • in-home respite care;
  • support workers to assist you when you are taking a break away from home;
  • centre-based day respite; and
  • residential respite care.
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres work closely with existing community agencies to assist carers. They are able to identify carers' respite support needs and work to ensure access to services. The Centres also provide information for the general public and health professionals about community aged care services and support services available locally or across Australia.

NRCP Respite Service Providers' Program Manual

The NRCP Respite Service Providers' Program Manual provides details on how the program operates. The current manual came into effect on 1 July 2012.

Organisations receiving funding from 2012- 13 onwards must refer to the NRCP Respite Service Providers' Program Manual 2012.

Word version of NRCP Respite Service Providers' Program Manual (Word 656 KB)

HTML version of the NRCP Respite Service Providers' Program Manual

National Carer Counselling Program (NCCP)

The National Carer Counselling Program provides short-term counselling and emotional and psychological support services for carers. These services aim to help reduce carer stress, improve carer coping skills and assist carers to contine in their caring role wherever possible.

The NCCP is delivered through the Network of Carer Associations in each state and territory which can be contacted on 1800 242 636.
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