Support for carers

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Carers play an important role in the Brimbank community, providing unpaid care and assistance to family members and friends with daily activities.

We are committed to recognising and supporting carers while providing individual support to make their caring responsibilities easier.

The Carer support plan (PDF 796KB) was designed in consultation with over 100 local carers and sets out Council-wide actions aligned with the Victorian State Government's priorities for carers. It outlines:

  • our commitment to carers
  • how we support carers 
  • the actions we are taking to meet the needs of carers in Brimbank.

If you would like to discuss supports suited to you, please complete the Support for carers form or call the Community Care team on 03 9249 4974.

Who are carers?

Family members, partners, friends and neighbours throughout Brimbank regularly step up to provide much-needed assistance with a variety of tasks that others might have difficulty with or are unable to complete alone.

Carers are those who provide unpaid care to others who:

  • have a disability
  • are older
  • have a mental illness
  • have an ongoing medical condition (terminal or chronic illness).

Resources for carers

Carer Gateway

The Carer Gateway is a national program providing a single point of entry for carers to access information, advice and support through a national helpline and website. Support can include:

  • coaching
  • counselling
  • social programs
  • courses and
  • emergency and planned respite.

The Carer Gateway also includes information about concessions such as the Carer Card and Carer Allowance.

All carers are encouraged to join the Carer Gateway. The Gateway does not have citizenship, residence or visa requirements, and is not affected by other government supports.

To learn more visit the Carer Gateway website for support and advice available 7 days a week or call 1800 422 737 from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Programs for carers

We have a range of programs that aim to promote carers health and overall wellbeing, including:

  • carer support groups
  • wellbeing programs
  • events
  • seminars

Find a range of activities and events on our Events calendar

Download the flyer

Download the Support for Carers flyer (PDF 585KB).

Support for carers flyer
Last updated: 15 December 2023 - 6:41pm