Carer support

ee the listing below of mental health carers support services in the ACT.

Carers ACT

Provides information, referral, support and counselling to carers. Services include Commonwealth Carer Resource Centre and Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre. Association also has a lobbying function. Carers are people who provide care and support for a parent, relative, friend or child who has a disability, mental or chronic illness or who is frail aged.

Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (Office)
Phone: 1800 242 636 Fax: (02) 6296 9999

Carers ACT Northside (Main office) 2/80 Beaurepaire Crescent HOLT ACT 2615  

Carer Support Queanbeyan City Council

Provides various forms of support to carers of people who are frail aged or have a dementing illness. Support includes information and advocacy, emotional support and access to a carers library.

Phone: 6298 0295
City Council, 257 Crawfor St, Queanbeyan, NSW 2620

Carers Allowance Centrelink

Description: Provides financial assistance to carers of persons who would otherwise be in hostels or nursing homes.

Hours: 8.30am to 4.51pm Mon to Fri
Phone: 132 717 Fax: (02) 6219 3199 TTY: 6274-5260.

Carer Gateway

Carer Gateway is a national online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers. The interactive service finder helps carers connect to local support services.

Skills for Carers

Provides individual or small group training and skills development for unpaid carers of older people or those who have a disability or mental health problem. Appointment and enrolment required.

Hours: 10am to 2.30pm Mon to Fri
Phone: (02) 6207 4811 Fax: (02) 6207 4849 TTY:6207-4992
CIT Bruce Campus

Kidz Club

Support program for children who have a family member with a mental illness.

Hours: Wed 4pm to 5.30pm Woden
Please phone to arrange joining a group Mon to Fri 9am to 4pm.
Phone: (02) 6247 1936 Fax: (02) 6247 1936
13 Jarrah St, O'Connor 2602

Kincare Community Services ACT

In-home support, respite services and assistance to young carers, the elderly and people with disabilities. Fees are negotiable.

Hours: 9am to 5pm Mon to Fri. Emergency AH available through Sydney office.
Phone: 6287 4652 Fax: 6287 4728
Unit 2, Waramanga Shops, Waramanga 2611

Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre

Provides in-home and emergency respite to people who are caring for a family member or friend who has a long term physical or mental illness, disability or is frail aged. Access to emergency residential care is also available.

Hours: 24 hrs
Phone: 1800 059 059 Fax: (02) 6296 9998

Respite Services Queanbeyan

Provides respite services for people aged up to sixty-four years with a moderate to high level functional disability and their carers. Respite programs include a range of social and recreational groups for adults and care for young children in carer's home.

Phone: (02) 6298 0252 Fax: (02) 6298 0120
Queanbeyan City Council, 257 Crawford St (rear), Queanbeyan 2620

Hours: 8.30am to 5pm Mon to Fri
Eligibility: people with a disability (moderate to high level of functional disability) aged 0 to 64 yrs and their Carers.

Respite Options ACT

Respite Options ACT is a program offered through Communities @ Work to support carers of those living with mental illness and or intellectual disability. The program is funded by the Australian Government (FaCHSIA) under the Families and Carer Mental Health Support Program.

Respite Options ACT is aimed at enabling cares time to recover from the stress of daily living and to balance work and caring responsibilities. This is achieved by providing one on one respite that is catered to the individual needs of the carer. The service is offered in the carer’s home or providing access to social inclusion activities. Respite Options ACT also provides support for the person experiencing mental illness / intellectual disabilities offering social interaction giving greater independence and empowerment.

Downloads: Respite Options brochure 2011

For further information or referrals please contact Leeanne Lee on (02) 6126 9000 or