The support carers provide is invaluable to our community and there is assistance available to help you carry on caring.
Beyond the funding provided by the NDIS, additional support is out there for unpaid carers. From free public transport to fortnightly payments, we’ve collated some information to help ensure you get the support you deserve.
Need some help? Call us on 03 9599 4632 if you want to talk about the services we provide or find out more about other support available.
A Carer Allowance is a supplementary payment available for carers who provide additional daily care to an adult or child with a disability or medical condition.
A Carer Payment can provide financial support if you are unable to work in substantial paid employment because you are providing full time care to a child or adult with a severe disability or medical condition.
Telephone: 132 717
As the statewide body for supporting carers, Carers Victoria offers a range of services and programs to help carers. This includes; information, counselling, workshops, no-interest loan schemes and referrals to other services.
Telephone: 1800 242 636
Carer Gateway is a national online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers. It can also link carers to local support services.
Telephone: 1800 422 737 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm)
This service can help you with information and resources, assist you to identify helpful services, give you some support to manage your own health and wellbeing and organise emergency respite.
Telephone: 1800 052 222 (available 24/7)
From Sandringham Football Club to Beaumaris Theatre, Companion Cards provide free carer entry to a host of events around Bayside. Companion cards are issued to people who, due to their disability, require significant support access the community. Organisations should admit the cardholder's companion at no charge in order to comply with disability anti-discrimination legislation.
As the scheme is voluntary, it is always worth making booking in advance over the phone bookings to check the card is accepted and to make sure the venue is accessible. You may be required to provide your card number when booking and present your card when attending an event.
Companion Cards can Victorian public transport. Carers travel without charge on trains, trams and metropolitan buses.
Telephone: 1800 650 611
The Victorian Carer Card is an initiative by the Victorian Government that aims to recognise the invaluable contribution of carers. It provides discounts on products and services including travel and leisure, education, tourism, health and wellness and retail. Additional benefits include free public transport on Sunday’s and two return off peak travel vouchers for travel anywhere throughout Victoria.
Telephone: 1800 901 958