Just recently, the State Government announced that vital funding has been extended until June 2020 to ensure that services which support carers continue as the roll outs of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Commonwealth aged care reforms take place.
“Communities and Social Inclusion Minister Zoe Bettison says South Australian carers will not be left behind as the Commonwealth moves disability and aged care funding to individualised care packages.”
The continued funding will provide $6.2 million to the Carer Support Network SA over a period of two years so that respite care, support and advocacy can be delivered to South Australia’s ~245,000 unpaid carers. It’s estimated that these carers provide support which is worth more than $5 billion.
“Carer Support is delighted with and applauds the State Government’s decision to extend this crucial funding. This is an important decision to be made at a time when recognition of and support for carers is being challenged nationally. It will provide stability to the many thousands of carers currently being supported across the state and also to those members of the Carer Support Network who are funded to provide dedicated specialist carer services. Additionally, it comes at a time when there is a level of uncertainty about the future directions in how carers are supported into the future, from the Federal Government,” says Peter Sparrow, Carer Support CEO.
Photo caption: Meeting of the members of the Carer Support Network SA and Minister Bettison following the recent announcement by the Minister of the extension to current funding for carer services (in SA) to June 2020.