Information to help families and carers

Families and carers provide help and support that cannot be provided by formal services or paid support workers. One of the core aims of the NDIS is to better support you in your caring role.

Your views and experiences will be important in the planning process for the NDIS because you have a unique understanding of the person you care for.

If the person you care for requests it, you will play a vital role when the person you care for enters the scheme, helping with decision making about ongoing support needs, goal setting, assessment and the planning process.

We will be able to assist you with information about supports that are available to you under other government-funded programs, including courses and peer-support programs.

How we can help you as a carer to support an individual

Each participant will have an individualised plan that is tailored to their goals, personal circumstances and disability support needs. The types of supports that the NDIS may fund that may have direct or indirect benefits for you as a carer include:

  • personal care to support an individual in their home or the community
  • supports to assist people with disability to enjoy social and community interaction without relying solely on you
  • assistance with tasks of daily living, including help to improve a person’s ability to do things
  • supported employment services and help for people to move to work programs that prepare people with disability for work
  • training related to the caring role that may enhance your ability to provide care.

Supports that maintain a carer’s health and wellbeing will also be considered. This support may include participation in a support group or a special interest network. In deciding whether to fund or provide a support, the NDIA will take account of what it is reasonable to expect families, carers, informal networks and the community to provide.

For more information about being a carer, visit our support for carers page.

Outside the NDIS, there are a number of supports available to carers. You can find out more about these supports by visiting the Carer Gateway website  or by calling 1800 422 737.

This page current as of
5 November 2019