Respite care is a great way for carers and those they care for to have a break from their regular care routines.
Respite care may be for a few hours or for longer periods, depending on needs, eligibility and what services are available in your area.
Respite services for eligible people of all ages vary. Some offer care in the home; others offer community care of different durations
Apply for respite care
Your carer's access to respite care services depends on the level of support you have been determined eligible to receive. To start the assessment process, see apply for ageing and disability services.
Fees are subsidised and means tested. For more information, contact us on 9278 4777 or email Ageing and Disability Services.
If you need emergency respite care, contact the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 during business hours or 1800 059 059 outside business hours.