Good news for young carers and seniors in budget

An extra $84.3 million will boost services for Australia’s carers, and funding to help seniors stay in their own homes has been extended to 2022 in measures announced in Tuesday's federal budget.

$18 million will expand support for young carers in the coming financial year. More practical support will help young carers with their role and additional respite dollars will support carers’ wellbeing.

A quarter of all financial packages in the new Integrated Carer Support Services will be reserved to assist young carers with their education or finding work. The government proposes that dedicated support workers will continue helping young carers.

This new funding forms part of the Australian Government’s overall investment of $550 million over the next four years focused on giving carers the support they need before they reach crisis point.

The new Integrated Carer Support Services are being rolled out from July 2019 through the Carer Gateway website at www.carergateway.gov.au

From September 2019, carers will be able to access support and services through a new network of Carer Gateway service providers.

Support for seniors has received a boost with the treasurer extending funding for the Commonwealth Home Support Program until 30 June 2022.

The Government is providing $282.4 million for older Australians with ill health or physical limitations, so they can remain living independently and safely in their own home. An additional 10,000 home care packages will be available.

Amy Liaw, CEO of Carer Support, says the extended funding means that Carer Support can keep on providing specific support to young people and seniors.

“Young carers often find their caring role affects their ability to focus on their education and training, or efforts to find work,” she said. “So, we welcome any extra help offered to young carers especially those getting Carer Payment or Carer Allowance.”

“We are also delighted that funding to support seniors has been extended to 2022,” Ms Liaw said. “It means over 65s will continue benefiting from assistance with day-to-day activities, respite to give carers short breaks, and day trips to help them feel less isolated.”