Media event date: 
12 December 2020
Date published: 
14 December 2020
Media type: 
Media release
General public

The Australian Government has announced an additional $20 million investment under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme to deliver centre-based respite services for senior Australians from diverse backgrounds.

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Richard Colbeck, said the funding would support our culturally and linguistically diverse senior Australians to live independently and safely in their own homes and local communities and help provide respite for carers.

“Social interaction and support is essential for older Australians living at home,” Minister Colbeck said.  “Our multicultural community members need tailored support and programs that are suited to their needs and the needs of their communities.

“This additional funding will help increase support and access to tailored services.”

Centre-based respite services, including small group activities and outings designed to develop, maintain and support independent living and social interaction, are important for our older community members.

“This provision of funding is also about supporting and ensuring the peace of mind for culturally diverse older Australians, their families and their carers, particularly after what has been a very unsettling and stressful year,” Minister Colbeck said.

Applications are encouraged from organisations that deliver centre-based respite services to older Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The grant round is now open.

Information about how to apply is available via GrantsConnect, here.