If you are one of the 30,00 local people who cares for a family member or friend you may be aware of the Carers Gateway that will come into effect on April 6.
The way services for carers are funded by the federal government is changing.
The move towards the new Carers’ Gateway dates back to 2015 when the Integrated Carers Support Service was introduced in the Budget. Its aim is to provide carers with access to early intervention, preventative supports and skills building.
Bill Shorten, Shadow Minister for the NDIS and Government Services, and I have been visiting carer organisations ahead of the introduction of the Carers’ Gateway.
Funding for existing services has been extended to 31 May 2020. Funding for some carers programs will continue under the new structure, others will switch to NDIS funding.
Ten lead and 16 consortia organisations, called Regional Delivery Partners, will control funding for Integrated Carer Support Service programs.
We will be keeping a close eye on whether any carers lose access to services through this process.
I would like to hear from carers who are having difficulty accessing services or where services are no longer provided. Please contact my office on 43530127 or send me an email if you know of carers missing out.