Information, carer support and respite co-ordination in your local area.
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC)
Your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC) will offer information, advice and support to you. The carer. The role of the CRCC is to help keep caring relationships healthy and strong, that means ensuring that carers have the support that they need. This support could come in the form of:
- Someone to talk to who can offer emotional support
- Short term respite or other emergency support
- Advice or referral to other providers who are best placed to help you to solve a problem
Each CRCC is focused on a specific region of Melbourne or Victoria, which means they have a good idea of the services and supports that are close to you.
Each CRCC operates a slightly different range of programs, these can include focusing on carers who are supporting someone who is frail or aging, a person with disability or a mental health condition or specific support for young carers.
If you would like to speak to your local CRCC to find out how they can help you, phone 1800 052 222 during business hours.
You can also phone 1800 059 059 if you need emergency respite support outside standard business hours.
Carers Victoria Services
Carers Victoria provides CRCC services for Melbourne's Western Metropolitan Region, which includes the local government areas of Melbourne, Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Melton, Wyndham or Hobsons Bay.
Support for Carers Program
What is it?
The Support for Carers Program provides respite, other services and supports for all Victorian carers (including Young carers - carers under 25 years), who are caring for someone who:
- Is older with care needs
- Has a mental illness
- Has a chronic illness
- Has a disability
- Has dementia (including younger-onset dementia)
The program focuses on person-centered care and supports through:
- one-off or short-term support for carers including goods and equipment, that can add to other services or fill service gaps
- support to people in a care relationship, and at the same time and at the same place if people want to be together while having the support service
- supporting people's wellbeing - quality of life, physical and mental wellbeing, social activity and or social connections. For example, carers can get respite with social, health and other support.
Find Your Local Provider
To find your local Support for Carers Program provider, phone Carers Victoria Advisory Line on 1800 514 845 or available at Better Health Channel – Victorian Support for Carers Program providers
Support For Carers Program Guidelines
Download and view the Support for Carers Program Guidelines.