COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. This means that the virus has spread all over the world, including Australia.
Carers Australia understands the problems many carers are experiencing during this pandemic, including with their income, financial support and looking after the person they care for. We acknowledge that Commonwealth and state and territory governments are developing new supports for many Australians in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Carers are in a particularly vulnerable situation as they and the people they care for are generally more susceptible to infection and the logistics of day to day life are already hard.
In recognition of this, as part of its recent stimulus package, from 31 March 2020 carers who are receiving the Carer Payment will receive a one- off payment of $750, as will those receiving the Disability Support Pension and the Age Pension.
In this section, you'll find advice for carers on a range of topics, including:
- Official Information
- Social Security Annoucements
- Other Forms of Government Assistance
- NDIS Information
- Aged Care
- Social Distancing
- Caring Advice
- Accessing Groceries
We will keep assessing new information as it becomes available and will continue to post updates here and on our social media channels.
Latest update: 5/5/20