Respite care

Respite care is designed to provide relief for a carer who has the responsibility for a person requiring ongoing care, attention and support.  It is defined as an alternative form of care that enables carers to have a break.

Respite care may be provided:

  • in-home;
  • in an Australian Government-funded aged care facility; or
  • as emergency respite care in the home. 

The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) respite care is accessed through the Veterans' Home Care (VHC) program.

Respite care is also available under other government programs, such as the Australian Government National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP).  This program assists carers with information, respite care and support in a variety of community settings including:

  • day care centres;
  • in-home respite services, including overnight care and personal care services;
  • overnight respite in houses in the community; and
  • direct respite which may assist the carer in having a holiday break.

While it is anticipated that most carers will contribute to the cost of respite care provided through the NRCP, no carer should be refused a service because of their inability to pay.  Respite can be arranged through Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres.

See: HSV06 Respite care (PDF 120KB)