Member for Barker Tony Pasin has said unpaid carers in Barker will benefit from $85.6 million in additional funding for support services.
Mr Pasin said the new support services were in recognition of the important contribution unpaid carers were providing to their families, the Barker community, and the nation.
From October 2018, carers will be able to access new supports and services through the Australian Government’s Carer Gateway website, including peer support, counselling, coaching, and educational resources.
From September 2019, the Australian Government will establish a network of Regional Delivery Partners to help carers access a range of local services such as needs assessments, targeted financial support, information and advice, tailored counselling and coaching, and crisis support where required.
The new services will be funded by a $250,000 family income test threshold to the Carer Allowance payment.