Caring can be a full-time, all-consuming responsibility. Many carers are also in the paid workforce, or have other unpaid roles as well, such as being a stay at home parent. Juggling these different roles, as well as making ends meet, can be tough.
Our Carer Advisory Service Finance Factsheet gives an overview of financial support and assistance currently available to carers. We have also prepared this factsheet which provides tips for Budgeting.
Find out if you’re eligible for a carer payment from Centrelink – centrelink.gov.au
MoneySmart is a personal finance website helping people make good financial decisions by providing free, independent and unbiased information, tools and motivation. This information is also available in many other languages. moneysmart.gov.au
Juggling full-time work with your carer role? You may find this website useful – workingcarers.org.au
With offices throughout Australia, not-for-profit community organisation STEPS is perhaps best known for its training programs, and its successful employment services, assisting people with disability to find sustainable work within the open job market. STEPS seeks to foster greater inclusiveness in Australian communities by recognising the value of all people.
Planning for the future taking account of disability issues generally and how families can use trusts to help look after family members with disability is the focus of an Australian Government booklet ‘Getting things sorted’.
Special Disability Trusts – Getting things sorted (133KB)
Learn about what a Disability Trust is. A series of questions and answers on Disability Trust and understanding what is involved with a Trust Deed provides an easy read.
Special Disability Trusts Q&A (168KB)