The Federal Government has launched Carer Gateway, a new resource for carers to access practical information and advice and connect with services in their local area.
The information gateway is made up of a national telephone service, website (www.carergateway.gov.au) and an interactive service finder to help carers locate their nearest existing support services.
Assistant Minister for Social Services Alan Tudge said he hoped the resource would help to reach out to carers who might not currently identify as carers or know that support is available to them.
“Many carers do not have the time to go searching across multiple sites for reliable information on how to access local respite services or social support.
“Now carers will have an easy to access gateway to help connect them with the existing local services they need.”
Mr Tudge said the gateway was the first step toward an integrated carer support service.
On the website carers can find information on their legal rights, carer payments and tips on self-care, as well as support on life after caring.
Carers can call the national phone service on 1800 422 737, Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm.